09.17.18

Senator David Perdue Supports Fight Against Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) comments on Senate passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act:

“The opioid crisis is devastating communities in Georgia and across the country. Since taking office, President Trump has worked with Congress to tackle this epidemic head on. It’s critical that local, state, and federal law enforcement have the tools they need to stop illegal drugs from flooding across our southern border. Too many of our friends, neighbors, and family members have been impacted by this epidemic. This bill will give Georgia the flexibility and resources needed to better address the opioid crisis at the state and local level. Investing now on the front end will not only save lives, but also help those affected re-enter the workforce.”

The Opioid Crisis Response Act will:

  • Stop illegal drugs, including fentanyl, from coming across the border.
  • Accelerate development of new, non-addictive painkillers.
  • Increase medication-assisted treatment.
  • Prevent “doctor-shopping” by improving state prescription drug monitoring programs.
  • Train more behavioral and mental health providers.
  • Support comprehensive opioid recovery centers.
  • Provide help for mothers addicted to opioids.
  • Prioritize early intervention with vulnerable children who have experienced trauma due to opioid addiction.

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Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.