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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis: “The opioid crisis is not only a national epidemic, it’s happening here in our local communities”

April 25, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) took to the U.S. House floor today to applaud $27 million in new grant funding for Florida to combat the opioid crisis. Click here to learn more about the grant, which is the first of two rounds of funding secured by Bilirakis in the 21st Century Cures Act.  

Please see below for Bilirakis’ remarks.

“Mr. Speaker, I recently visited The Next 24, an addiction recovery residential home in New Port Richey, Florida.

“They do fantastic work to give those impacted by addiction a second chance. After all, the opioid crisis is not only a national epidemic, it’s happening here in our local communities.

“Addiction knows no bounds, and does not discriminate based on race, age, income, or zip code. It seems like so many people have a story about how they have been affected.

“Thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act, Florida will soon receive $27 million in new grant funding to help fight the opioid crisis.

“The $27 million will go towards increasing access to treatment and recovery services, strengthening public education efforts, and improving pain management practices.

“This critical grant is the first of two rounds of funding to support an all-hands-on-deck approach in Florida to combat opioid abuse and save lives. Thank you, I yield back.”