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Congressman Tim Walberg

Representing the 7th District of Michigan


Combating the Heroin Epidemic

There has been an increasing presence of heroin and opioid abuse in Michigan which has sadly led to numerous overdoses and deaths. As a member of The Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, I’ve been working with my colleagues to foster awareness, develop best practices, and promote collaboration to address problems associated with heroin addiction. I have also met frequently with stakeholders in Michigan, to discuss how local officials are combating this growing epidemic. In March 2017, I reintroduced H.R. 1554, Jessie’s Law, a bill to ensure doctors have access to the information they need so they can safely treat their patients and prevent unknowingly prescribing powerful opioid medications to those struggling with addiction. The Bipartisan Heroin Task Force has included Jessie’s Law as one of its top legislative priorities for the 115th Congress.

Additionally, my colleagues and I on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations have been holding hearings to examine the next wave of the opioid crisis. During a March 2017 hearing, I had the opportunity to question federal agencies about the strategy to combat the threat and how to strengthen the federal response to the growing crisis.  To learn more about the Committee’s activities, please visit:

We need a multipronged response to the heroin epidemic. In July 2016, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), was signed into law and was supported by more than 200 leading advocacy groups, including many in Michigan’s 7th District. CARA creates a comprehensive opioid abuse reduction program at the Department of Justice, which will direct federal resources for drug abuse programs directly at the opioid problem.

Furthermore, during the 114th Congress I supported, the 21st Century Cures Act, a landmark initiative that aims to accelerate new cures and treatments for our most pressing diseases. The 21st Century Cures Act also awards federal grants to states struggling to fight against the opioid abuse crisis by giving them the tools to implement prevention programs and greater accountability and better training for opioid prescribers.


03/15/2017 - Sponsored: H.R.1554, Jessie’s Law
05/24/2016 - Cosponsored: H.R.4365, Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act
02/25/2016 - Cosponsored: H.R.4499, Promoting Responsible Opioid Prescribing Act


10/31/2017 - Morning Consult op-ed: Multi-Pronged Approach Needed in Opioid Fight
09/22/2017 - Detroit Free Press op-ed: Bipartisan Jessie's Law can help prevent opioid overdoses
05/01/2017 - Monroe News op-ed: Offering hope, help for drug epidemic
06/12/2016 - Jackson Cit Pat op-ed: Heroin addiction requires comprehensive action
04/08/2016 - Daily Telegram op-ed: Coming together to combat the heroin epidemic
01/15/2016 - Concord Monitor op-ed: Awareness, empathy key in addiction fight


10/25/2017 - Walberg Questions Officials on Federal Response to Opioid Crisis
10/23/2017 - Walberg Encourages Participation in Drug Take Back Day
10/11/2017 - Walberg Testifies on Opioid Crisis, Highlights Jessie's Law
07/12/2017 - Walberg, State Leaders Discuss Ways to Combat Opioid Epidemic
06/29/2017 - WLNS: Bipartisan Heroin Task Force Advocates for 'Jessie's Law'
06/29/2017 - 13 ABC: Bipartisan lawmakers outline agenda to tackle opioid crisis 
06/28/2017 - Walberg, Bipartisan Heroin Task Force Unveil Legislative Agenda 
05/11/2017 - Walberg participates in WLNS town hall at Michigan Theatre in Jackson
03/21/2017 - Fentanyl: The Next Wave of the Opioid Crisis
03/07/2017 - WLNS: On opioid addiction epidemic: “This is a very complex problem” 
02/28/2017 - WILX: Walberg Invites Jackson Drug Counselor to President's Joint Address
10/11/2016 - WTOL: Lenawee students hear about heroin epidemic
09/19/2016 - WTOL: Forum at Bedford High School addresses heroin and opioid epidemic
09/19/2016 - 13abc: Walberg hosts heroin epidemic forum at Bedford High School
05/23/2016 - JTV: Forum on Combating the Heroin Epidemic 
05/23/2016 - WLNS: Heroin addiction stories shared at Jackson High School
05/23/2016 - WLNS: Heroin epidemic in focus in Jackson County
05/18/2016 - WOOD TV: New federal effort to address opioid drug abuse 
05/17/2016 - WLNS: Heroin overdoses continue at high rate
05/13/2016 - WLNS: Walberg "Very Vocal" in the Fight Against Heroin Epidemic
05/12/2016 - Walberg: All Hands on Deck to Combat Heroin
05/11/2016 - Walberg Votes to Combat Opioid Epidemic, Protect Most Vulnerable
04/30/2016 - WLNS: National drug take back day aims to curb addiction
04/30/2016 - WLNS: Walberg Introduces ‘Jessie’s Law’ to Combat Opioid Epidemic
04/28/2016 - VIDEO: Walberg Encourages Participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
03/22/2016 - Walberg Questions the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
01/07/2016 - Walberg: Behind Tragic Heroin Statistics are Real People
01/07/2016 - WILX: Fighting Heroin and Drug Addiction a Top Priority for Walberg
12/02/2015 - Walberg Works to Combat Heroin and Prescription Drug Epidemic
06/03/2015 - Walberg: We need a robust strategy to combat heroin abuse


10/27/2017 - Detroit News: Trump: Opioid crisis a public health emergency
10/27/2017 - Hillsdale Daily News: Drug boxes allow disposal of medication
10/27/2017 - MLive: Trump declares opioid addiction a health emergency
10/26/2017 - Walberg Commends President’s Actions to Combat Opioid Epidemic
09/23/2017 - Monroe News: County gets $125,000 grant to combat youth drug abuse
09/21/2017 - Jackson Cit Pat: Drug prevention coalition receives $125,000 grant to combat opioid epidemic
09/21/2017 - Walberg Announces Drug-Free Communities Grants to Combat Youth Drug Abuse
09/20/2017 - Walberg meets with local leaders combating drug addiction in Monroe County
09/03/2017 - Adrian Daily Telegram: Walberg meets with officials on opioid epidemic
08/31/2017 - Walberg visits the new Substance Abuse Engagement Center in Adrian
08/31/2017 - Walberg meets with HALO Lenawee and Lenawee County Sheriff's office
08/21/2017 - Reps. Walberg, Dingell Join Sheriff Clayton for Opioid Town Hall
08/21/2017 - Ann Arbor News: Watch community discussion on opioid, mental health crisis
06/27/2017 - Walberg, Bipartisan Heroin Task Force Unveil Legislative Agenda
04/27/2017 - Walberg Highlights National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
03/18/2017 - Ann Arbor News: 'Jessie's Law' named after Ann Arbor woman who died of opioid overdose
03/15/2017 - Walberg, Dingell Introduce “Jessie’s Law” to Bolster Fight Against Opioid Epidemic and Assist Recovering Addicts
03/06/2017 - Jackson Cit Pat: U.S. Rep. visits jail, recovery center for first-hand look at addiction
02/27/2017 - Jackson Cit Pat: Jackson drug-prevention advocate invited to Donald Trump's address
02/27/2017 - Walberg Invites Substance Abuse Prevention Advocate from Jackson to President Trump’s Joint Address
02/08/2017 - Walberg meets with Srsly Chelsea and Srsly Dexter to discuss substance abuse issues
01/16/2017 - Walberg tours the Salvation Army Harbor Light Treatment Center in Monroe
11/30/2016 - Walberg Votes to Provide Greater Resources to Combat Heroin Epidemic
10/20/2016 - Walberg attends Jackson County Task Force on Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse
10/19/2016 - Walberg Encourages Participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
10/10/2016 - Walberg speaks with Lenawee County students during Steered Straight program
09/20/2016 - Monroe News editorial: Our View: Education essential in heroin epidemic
09/20/2016 - Monroe News: Walberg hosts panel speaking about heroin epidemic
09/19/2016 - Walberg hosts student forum at Bedford High School on combating heroin epidemic
09/15/2016 - Walberg meets with the Michigan State Police in Monroe to discuss combating drug trafficking
08/09/2016 - Walberg tours Home of New Vision to talk about recovery programs
07/27/2016 - Congressman Applauds Heroin Epidemic Act Signed into Law
07/25/2016 - Comprehensive Response to Heroin Epidemic Now Law of the Land
07/09/2016 - Hillsdale Daily News: Federal government increases funding to combat heroin epidemic
07/08/2016 - Walberg Applauds Passage of Comprehensive Opioid Response
07/07/2016 - Walberg, Dingell Amendment to Boost Resources to Combat Heroin Epidemic Passes House
06/27/2016 - JTV Presents Special “Bart Hawley Show” Episode on Heroin Epidemic
05/20/2016 - Coldwater Daily Reporter: U.S. House passes heroin, opiods legislation
05/19/2016 - Jackson Cit Pat: Rep. Walberg hosting community forum on combating heroin epidemic
05/13/2016 - 18 Bills: House Takes Comprehensive Action to Combat Heroin and Opioid Epidemic
05/12/2016 - Walberg: All Hands on Deck to Combat Heroin and Opioid Epidemic
05/11/2016 - House Passes Walberg-Backed Bills to Combat Opioid Epidemic, Protect Most Vulnerable
04/29/2016 - Drug Take Back Day to be held Saturday
04/29/2016 - Pill drop-off day set for Saturday at Adrian hospital
04/29/2016 - Walberg Introduces Bipartisan ‘Jessie’s Law’ to Combat Opioid Epidemic
04/26/2016 - Walberg Encourages Participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
04/25/2016 - Multiple Heroin overdoses over the weekend show how addicting drug is
03/25/2016 - Lenawee County addresses heroin problem at addiction summit
03/24/2016 - Walberg speaks at the Lenawee Addiction Summit at Siena Heights University
03/24/2016 - April Demers: Making a Difference in Monroe County
03/23/2016 - Walberg Helps Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Efforts Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
03/07/2016 - Walberg meets with Mike Hirst from Andy's Angels in Jackson County
03/03/2016 - Walberg Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill To Help Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse
02/03/2016 - Walberg meets with members of SRSLY Chelsea and the Eaton County Substance Advisory Group
12/26/2015 - Heroin use a growing concern in Hillsdale County
12/14/2015 - Walberg Continues Commitment to Combat Heroin and Prescription Opioid Epidemic
07/21/2015 - Walberg meets with community leaders from the Monroe County Substance Abuse Coalition
12/05/2014 - Walberg presents a Drug-Free Communities grant award to the Monroe County Substance Abuse Coalition