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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Works to Address the Drug Abuse Crisis

October 8, 2015
Press Release

Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to continue efforts to address the nation’s drug abuse crisis.

Members and witnesses reviewed bipartisan legislation that would address various aspects of the drug abuse crisis. These bills aim to establish new programs for drug abuse education and recovery, ensure that both opioid relapse prevention medication and opioid maintenance treatments are provided to patients based on their individual needs, help stop the sale of deadly synthetic drugs, and more.

“Prescription drug abuse is a serious issue, not only in my district and home state of Florida, but in communities all across the nation,” said Congressman Bilirakis. “We must continue to work with experts, doctors, stakeholders, and families to find the best ways to combat this growing epidemic.”

Congressman Bilirakis discussed the increase of heroin deaths and the issue of pregnant women and infants suffering from addiction in Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, and other local Florida communities with the panel.

The subcommittee will continue to work on legislation to address these issues and help all individuals, families, and communities affected.

“I commend my colleagues who have worked on these bills.  I am committed to facing this challenge head on with them,” added Bilirakis. “It is crucial we work to ensure all communities across our country are safe and healthy.  I am glad the Director of the National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli, agreed to join me in my district to see firsthand the challenges and successes we have had with the prescription drug abuse problem.”

Watch the hearing and read text of the legislation and witness testimony here.