Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden on efforts to combat the opioid crisis: “The rubber has really hit the road”

March 1, 2018
Press Release

Greg Walden on efforts to combat the opioid crisis: “The rubber has really hit the road”

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Earlier today, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) delivered keynote remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as part of a forum examining solutions to combat the opioid crisis.

Spearheading a two-track push to combat the opioid crisis, by legislating and investigating the causes of the epidemic, Rep. Walden has made it a top priority to help put an end to this scourge.

Representative Walden delivers his remarks.

In his keynote remarks, Walden stated, “This crisis reaches coast to coast. Fueled by dangerous new chemical versions, illicitly manufactured drugs, and complicit bad actors contributing to the spread of opioid abuse, in one year alone, overdoses have taken more American lives than the entire Vietnam War. Scan the headlines on any given day and it’s clear that this epidemic is spiraling out of control with no end in sight -- unless we take action.”

Walden gave a summary of yesterday’s hearing examining ways to improve patient safety and bolster enforcement tools, before previewing the other two hearings to come. Yesterday’s hearing represents the first of three legislative hearings the Energy and Commerce Committee will hold in the coming months to put forth initiatives to address the crisis. Rep. Walden intends to bring a legislative package to the floor of the House of Representative by Memorial Day.

“…combating the opioid crisis must be a collaborative, bipartisan effort,” Walden stressed in his speech. “No one person has the answers. And no one bill will provide the solution. Which is why we’ve taken a methodical and expansive approach to moving multiple bipartisan legislative ideas forward.”

In concluding his remarks, Walden said, “…we’re moving full speed ahead on two tracks at Energy and Commerce, and with the start of our hearing series this week, the rubber has really hit the road on our legislative efforts.”

To read Walden’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, click HERE. Learn more about the Energy and Commerce Committee’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid crisis HERE.