Heroin Task Force: 129aDay Hearing
On Wednesday, May 18th family members impacted by addiction gave testimony in front of members of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, led by Task Force Co-Chairs Frank Guinta (R-NH) and Ann Kuster (D-NH). These families travelled from across the nation and shared their experiences in order to emphasize the pressing need for congress to lead the nation towards a comprehensive response to addiction.
Thursday, May 19th, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Congressman Frank Guinta (R-NH), Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), and Congressman Robert J. Dold (R-IL) spoke at the 129 a Day press conference, along with several family members, and recognized the families who lost a loved one to a substance use disorder.
Families then met with their members of Congress to encourage them to pass legislation that will comprehensively address the opioid epidemic, including S. 524/H.R. 953, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA). CARA Family Day attendees advocated for those with substance abuse disorder, and their families, stressing the importance of a comprehensive response to addiction, which includes prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement.