July 08, 2016

Lujan Statement on Opioid Conference Report

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today after voting in support of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Conference Report.

“Today the House took a step toward addressing the opioid epidemic, but frankly it is also a missed opportunity.  There are important principles in this bill, but I am deeply disappointed in the lack of investment on such an urgent crisis facing this nation.  We must do more to address this crisis in a meaningful way, and to do that we need to make real investments – funding that saves lives.

“Republicans said they will revisit this funding effort during the regular appropriations cycle. I am saddened that my Republican colleagues believe this nation can wait that long.  We know that it cannot.  129 people will die today from drug overdoses.  We owe it to those families to authorize more funds for to pay for programs focused on prevention, treatment, and recovery.  That is why I introduced legislation to provide $1.1 billion to address this epidemic.  Increasing funding for this package of legislation would fund evidence based, proven programs that make real change for real people and struggling families.

“On behalf of the 547 New Mexicans who lost their lives to drug overdoses in 2014 and all those we’ve lost to a drug crisis that has torn apart our communities for years, I promise to continue the fight for increased funding and hold my Republican colleagues to their promise that they will provide more funding for this national crisis.”

#  #  #