Group of Key Senators Call on Senate Leadership to Fund Resources to Address Addiction Crisis

December 18, 2017 | Addiction Policy Forum

quote that reads "Opioid misuse is not a partisan issue"

A bipartisan group of key Senators has come together to call on Senate leadership to include additional funding dedicated to addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic in upcoming supplemental and omnibus appropriations legislation. The effort could direct resources to communities across the U.S. impacted by addiction.

“Opioid misuse is not a partisan issue. It is ravaging communities in every state and preys upon individuals and families regardless of party affiliation,” wrote Senators from states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Senators behind this call are:

  • Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

  • Susan Collins (R-ME)

  • Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

  • Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

  • Bob Casey (D-PA)

  • Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

  • Joe Manchin (D-WV)

  • Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Thank you to these Senators for their leadership. APF will keep monitoring progress of this effort and share new developments soon.