Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden calls for continued bipartisan work to combat opioid crisis

February 12, 2019
Press Release

Greg Walden calls for continued bipartisan work to combat opioid crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Continuing his efforts to combat the nationwide opioid crisis, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) has called on the Energy and Commerce Committee to continue its bipartisan work to help address a public health crisis that takes the lives of more Oregonians than traffic accidents. 

Walden, joined by top Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee, specifically requested hearings to examine the implementation of H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, discuss additional efforts to address the ongoing opioid crisis, and review the recommendations of the committee’s investigation into opioid distribution. Additionally, the lawmakers requested the continuation of the committee’s investigations into opioid manufacturers and patient brokering.

“In the 115th Congress, Republicans and Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee worked together in a bipartisan way to combat the nation’s opioid crisis, which included bipartisan investigations into several key issues that have contributed to the crisis as well as numerous legislative initiatives. Our efforts culminated in the signing into law of H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which is considered the most significant congressional effort against a single drug crisis in history,” Walden and the lawmakers wrote to Energy and Commerce Committee leaders. “We write to request that the Committee continue our legislative and investigative work to combat the opioid crisis. While we made great strides working together last Congress, our work is far from done. As the Committee with primary jurisdiction over public health issues in the U.S. House of Representatives, we must address the scourge that is sadly claiming 130 American lives per day and continue our work of the last two Congresses.”

Walden’s legislation, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), is a bipartisan bill that was signed into law last year. This law will help in our overall efforts to combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting our communities, and bolstering our efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl.

Walden has been at the forefront of the Congressional response to the opioid crisis, leading efforts to pass landmark legislation to combat opioid abuse and investigate the bad actors contributing to the spread of the crisis.

Click here for more information about Energy and Commerce’s comprehensive efforts to combat the opioid crisis under Walden’s leadership.

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