Yesterday, Senator Baldwin introduced Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act to invest $45 billion in state, local efforts
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on President Trump’s opioid announcement today:
“I’ve seen firsthand how the opioid epidemic is devastating families and communities across Wisconsin. Washington must step up to be a stronger partner for local communities in this fight and President Trump’s announcement fails to match words with action. In Wisconsin, the people working in our communities to combat this crisis need emergency investments for local prevention, treatment and recovery efforts. Local law enforcement, health providers, and the families who face this epidemic everyday need action, support and resources to confront this emergency.”
Yesterday, Senator Baldwin helped introduce the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act to strengthen our country’s approach to combating the opioid epidemic and address some critical shortcomings, including the Administration’s unwillingness to make a long-term investment in the fight.
The legislation would invest $45 billion for prevention, detection, surveillance and treatment of opioids. This is the same level of funding proposed by Senate Republicans earlier this summer.
Specifically, the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act would: