Congressman Leonard Lance

Representing the 7th District of New Jersey

Lance Commends Trump Action on Opioids

Oct 26, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement after President Trump formally declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency:

I commend President Trump for taking action today and formally targeting the opioid epidemic with more federal resources.  Our Nation loses more than 175 Americans to overdoses every day and millions more are struggling with addiction.  In 2016, more than 1900 people in New Jersey lost their lives to drug addiction.  We need engagement in combatting the scourge of drug addiction from local law enforcement to the federal public health and medical emergency support systems.  Drug addiction is destroying families and communities in all of walks of life and in each corner of the United States.  This is a national crisis and we need to treat it like a national public health emergency.  I commend the work of Governor Christie and the Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis for making this recommendation to the President, ” said Lance.

Last Congress, Energy and Commerce investigations led to legislative solutions that ultimately were included in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act. The committee's work has continued this Congress, with ongoing investigations into allegations of pill dumping and patient broker schemes. The committee has also examined the role of fentanyl in the opioid crisis, which has been named the leading cause of opioid overdose deaths. 

Click HERE to learn more about the rare full committee hearing held by Energy and Commerce on the opioid epidemic yesterday. For more information on the committee’s ongoing work to combat the opioid crisis, click HERE.