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Walberg, Dingell Amendment to Boost Resources to Combat Heroin Epidemic Passes House

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Washington, July 7, 2016 | comments

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (MI-07) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today successfully passed a bipartisan amendment to help enhance partnerships at the local level to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. The amendment, adopted in the FY 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, would increase funding for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program by $2 million dollars.  It is fully paid for and would match the funding level advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Click here to watch Congressman Walberg’s remarks on the House floor.

“As far too many families across Michigan know, heroin and opioid addiction is taking a devastating toll on our communities. The HIDTA program has demonstrated success in confronting this scourge. Congress should continue to invest in this worthy program so it can expand public collaborations, advance prevention efforts, disrupt drug trafficking, and reduce drug overdose deaths,” said Walberg.

The HIDTA program, including the one operating in Southeast Michigan, is an essential component of the National Drug Control Strategy. In 2014, the HIDTA program disrupted or dismantled 835 international, 960 multi-state, and 1,067 local drug trafficking organizations, removing over $15 billion dollars from drug traffickers.  More recently, five regional HIDTA programs have partnered under the Heroin Response Strategy to foster increased collaboration to address the heroin and opioid epidemic.
 
Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov. 
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