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Congressman Tim Walberg

Representing the 7th District of Michigan

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Walberg, Committee Press Drug Distributors on Alleged Pill Dumping

May 8, 2018
Press Release


Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today questioned the leadership of national and regional drug distributors in regards to the Energy and Commerce Committee’s year-long bipartisan investigation into opioid distribution practices, particularly alleged pill dumping in West Virginia. Between 2007 and 2012, distributors sent more than 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to West Virginia, which amounts to more than 400 pills per person in the state. One West Virginia town with a population of 400 people received nearly 9 million opioids in a two-year period. Click here to watch Congressman Walberg’s questions at the hearing.
 
“We lose 115 Americans every day to the opioid epidemic—they are fathers, mothers, daughters, sons and friends,” said Walberg. “This tragic crisis has a number of complex contributing factors, but the sheer number of opioids dumped into small town America is simply baffling and incomprehensible. We owe it to these Americans and their families to get answers on what happened and identify solutions to respond to the opioid epidemic from every angle.”
 
To learn more about Congressman Walberg’s bipartisan work to combat the opioid crisis, visit walberg.house.gov/heroin.

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