Luján Statement on President's Public Health Emergency for Opioids
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today responded to President Trump’s order to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency:
“Today’s emergency declaration by the President may bring more awareness to the issue, but it does not solve the problem nor fully address the challenges faced by millions of Americans impacted by the opioid crisis. This declaration provides no new funding and no new treatment or prevention strategies.
If the President were truly serious about making a difference in this fight, he would not be pushing a budget that cuts nearly a trillion dollars from Medicaid or slashing the budgets of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes for Health (NIH) and other health services that are essential in helping people fight and treat addiction.”
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