This week marked the first anniversary of President Donald Trump signing the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), into law. The bipartisan bill was a response to the opioid epidemic that is devastating communities across West Virginia and the nation.
While this legislation is already having an impact, there is still more that can be done. Too many families are being torn apart by the horrors of opioid addiction for us to stand by. We can’t solve this problem overnight, and H.R. 6 alone will not turn the tide in this fight. Our office has continued to work on new legislation aimed at helping to address this crisis, as well as holding agencies feet to the fire on implementing the polices included in the law.
What everyone needs to remember is 215 people died yesterday from substance abuse, 215 people died today, and 215 people are going to die tomorrow. In my state of West Virginia, we have one person dying every eight hours from drugs. This Congress, the House has lost focus and refuses to make the opioid crisis a priority. I’m hoping this anniversary can help us regain our momentum.