Collins supports Trump in declaring opioid abuse a national emergency
Press Release, Congressman Chris Collins
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) on Thursday reacted to President Trump’s announcement that he will declare a national emergency on opioid abuse:
“I stand with President Trump in recognizing the extreme severity of the opioid crisis in America and applaud the steps being taken to find solutions to this devastating problem,” Collins said. “Far too many lives have been lost and we have seen firsthand the tragedy that so many families in Western New York and across America face.”
Congressman Collins is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee that crafted the 21st Century Cures Act, which provided $1 billion in grants to address the crisis. Of those funds, $25.3 million were awarded to New York state. In May 2016, Collins voted in favor of 18 bills that address addiction among our veterans, to babies infected with this disease, to current pain management best practices.
“I applaud Governor Christie and his team for their diligent work in finding solutions for treatment and prevention,” Collins said. “Opioid addiction can impact anyone, and we will continue to combat this crisis as a team because more needs to be done.”
As a member of the Health and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittees, Collins has participated in six subcommittee hearings discussing the government and states’ responses to the crisis, fentanyl, and professional and academic perspectives.
For more information on the work of the Energy and Commerce Committee on opioids, click here.