WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is continuing his call for the Administration to invest in the opioid epidemic. In a letter sent to President Donald Trump Friday, Brown and his colleagues called on the President to build on the new National Public Health Emergency declaration by directing real resources to communities hard-hit by the opioid epidemic.
“We appreciate your formal declaration that the opioid epidemic is a National Public Health Emergency. While this is a positive step forward, more action must be taken in order to craft a timely and effective national strategy that will achieve long term solutions to this crisis. Specifically, we are concerned that your declaration does not yet include any additional funding resources for key programs and initiatives that will help our patients, providers, first responders and researchers who desperately need more assistance,” wrote Brown and his colleagues in the letter.
The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis made several recommendations last week that Brown has called for repeatedly. While Brown was pleased with the Commission’s recommendations, he called on the Administration to actually implement these initiatives and, most importantly, invest in the epidemic to support the people and programs on the frontline of the epidemic in Ohio.
“This report cannot be the end of the Administration’s attention to this issue and I urge President Trump to use the declaration he made last week to put real money into this public health crisis. Ohio communities are desperate for funding to help them care for those battling addiction,” said Brown last week.
Full text of the letter is available here.