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Bilirakis Statement on President Trump’s Executive Action to Fight Opioid Crisis

March 29, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), a member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, today released the following statement after President Trump took executive action to convene a commission that will review ways to combat the nation’s opioid crisis and better assist those affected.

“The opioid epidemic is not only a national crisis, it affects families and communities right here at home in Florida’s 12th District,” said Bilirakis. “Combating drug abuse and addiction has been, and will continue to be, a top priority for me. We need to work closely with local law enforcement, doctors, addiction treatment specialists, and those impacted by addiction in an all-hands-on-deck effort.  I’m thrilled the President is leading the charge on this critical issue, and I look forward to working with him to help save lives and prevent addiction.”  

Last year, Bilirakis championed legislation to fight opioid abuse, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. He also helped secure $1 billion to address the crisis within the 21st Century Cures Act