Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

ICYMI: Greg Walden on opioid abuse: “This is a crisis that doesn’t pick parties”

July 6, 2017
Press Release

ICYMI: Greg Walden on opioid abuse: “This is a crisis that doesn’t pick parties” 

Shares personal stories from Oregon to highlight widespread impact of the epidemic 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is continuing his efforts in Congress to shed light on the impact of the nationwide opioid epidemic in Oregon. Most recently, Walden joined The Washington Post  for a panel discussion on “Addiction in America” and spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives about how this crisis is hurting Oregon families. Walden shared personal stories he has heard from Oregonians at roundtables  throughout southern, central, and eastern Oregon to highlight the widespread reach of opioid abuse in Oregon communities.



Click here or on the image above to view Walden’s remarks at the “Addiction in America” panel discussion 

“These issues don’t pick parties when they show up on your doorstep,” said Walden at The Washington Post’s event. “This is having unbelievable consequences across our country.”  

Walden joined his colleagues on the floor of the House of Representatives to call for a bipartisan effort to tackle opioid abuse head on. Walden emphasized that the crisis has touched every corner of the country and is an equal opportunity destroyer. 

“The opioid epidemic has hit close to home in Oregon -- where more people now die from drug overdoses than automobile accidents,” said Walden. “I’ve met with community leaders, first responders, doctors, patients, and those on the front lines of this fight.  At roundtables throughout my district, I’ve heard firsthand accounts of the impact of the opioid epidemic on Oregon. And it didn’t matter if I was in a rural eastern Oregon community or a more populated city in southern Oregon – the tragic stories were all too similar and all too familiar.” 

Click here or on the image above to view Walden’s speech on the floor of the House of Representatives 

As Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Walden is at the forefront of battling the epidemic in Oregon and across the country. Walden noted that the Energy and Commerce Committee will be working to examine effective strategies to combat the crisis in local communities. 

“At the Energy and Commerce Committee, we stand shoulder to shoulder -- all of us together -- to seize the opportunity before us,” he said. 

Walden’s committee has announced a hearing for Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 10 a.m. EST to address this issue. The hearing is entitled, “Combatting the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States”, and will focus on current challenges in combatting the epidemic, ways the federal government can assist, and efforts on the ground that have begun to make a difference. 

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