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Walberg Applauds Passage of Comprehensive Opioid Response

July 8, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today for the House-Senate conference report to S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which provides a multipronged response to the opioid and heroin epidemic plaguing our nation. The bipartisan and bicameral agreement, which passed by a 407-5 margin, now awaits a vote by the Senate so it can be sent to the president and signed into law.

"Throughout Michigan and beyond, we've seen too many lives lost and dreams unfulfilled at the hands of heroin and opioid addiction. This conference report represents significant bipartisan work to tackle this alarming epidemic from every angle—from prevention to treatment to recovery. Working together, we are one step closer to providing greater tools and resources to help save and rebuild lives in our communities," said Congressman Walberg.

More than 200 leading advocacy groups on the front lines support this bipartisan legislation, including many in Michigan's 7th District.

"Lives will be saved with the support from CARA. This bill allows us to change our culture from addiction to living proudly in recovery," said Shannon Jackson, a board of member of the Jackson Area Recovery Committee.

"Like many of the communities across the United States, Monroe County Michigan has suffered from the epidemic of opioid addiction and abuse.  The countless lives that have been lost or destroyed due to prescription drugs and heroin is devastating - and unacceptable.  As a community in crisis, we are beyond thankful to have such a comprehensive plan supported by our Federal Legislators.  In Monroe, we are especially grateful for Congressman Tim Walberg, who has been a community partner and our voice in Washington.  This plan provides communities like ours with the critical resources that are needed, and almost equally as important, it provides us with hope," said April Demers, Administrative Director of the Monroe County Substance Abuse Coalition and United Way of Monroe County.

"On behalf of Lenawee County, we appreciate the effort of Tim Walberg and the other supporters of the Opioid Report. The actions of all in pushing this forward is not only important in our community, but in all areas that are being devastated by this epidemic/disease. This is a first step in helping groups such as HALO Lenawee in continuing our efforts in helping not only the addict, but the entire family who are also equally affected," said Marv Cox, Founder of HALO Lenawee.

A member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, Congressman Walberg continues to collaborate with stakeholders at the local, state, and federal level to raise awareness and develop best practices to fight heroin and opioid addiction.