Senators Isakson, Perdue Applaud President Trump’s Commitment To Fighting Opioid Crisis
Praise President’s Participation In Atlanta Opioid Summit
ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) today applauded President Donald J. Trump for attending the 8th annual “Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit” in Atlanta. During the summit, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump addressed federal, state, and local professionals working to address the opioid epidemic.
“President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency soon after taking office, and last year, Congress acted to pass bipartisan, comprehensive opioid legislation to improve our federal government’s response,” said Senator Isakson, a member of two Senate committees that oversee health care. “I appreciate the president’s continued emphasis on this problem, which has touched so many families, including my own. Georgia and states across the country, along with our medical community and first responders, now have better tools to fight this epidemic to help more Georgians and Americans. I thank the president for joining so many leaders in government, health care and nonprofits at this summit today in Atlanta.”
“President Trump’s visit to Georgia today demonstrates his ongoing commitment to combating the opioid crisis that has devastated communities across the country,” said Senator Perdue. “Too many of our friends, neighbors, and family members have been impacted by this epidemic. President Trump knows this and has worked with Congress to confront this crisis head on. His Administration has taken strong measures to educate Americans on the dangers of drug abuse, invest in treatment programs for those struggling, and fight the flow of illegal drugs across the southern border. Thanks to President Trump, communities in Georgia and across the country now have the resources they need to better address the opioid crisis and ultimately save lives.”
President Trump, working alongside Congress, has taken historic action to confront the driving forces behind the opioid crisis.
Isakson and Perdue helped pass the bipartisan Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act, or SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act for short, in the Senate, and President Trump signed it into law in October 2018. The law addresses the opioid crisis through a multi-pronged approach, including prevention, treatment and recovery, support for caregivers and families, safety, medical research, and improved border security measures, in addition to tackling the crisis through the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Additionally, Congress has appropriated $1.5 billion for State Opioid Response grants, which allow states to create action plans that meet the needs of their states.
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.
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