WASHINGTON—Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement after President Trump declared the national opioid epidemic a public health emergency:

“One hundred seventy-five deaths a day—that’s the reality of our opioid crisis. From our biggest cities to our smallest towns, this epidemic has infiltrated the heart and soul of American communities through prescription drugs and heroin. The president is right to declare this a public health emergency. Building on actions Congress has already taken, this directive will help states and local communities better fight this battle, and strengthen the tools available at the federal level.

“It’s time to remove the stigma of addiction and ensure people have access to the help they desperately need—and deserve.”

The House doubled down in its work to fight the opioid crisis in 2015. Since then, major bills like the Comprehensive Recovery and Addiction Act and the 21st Century Cures Act have been signed into law. In addition, this year’s government funding bill directed $781 million toward addiction education, prevention, and treatment, and supporting local law enforcement and communities tackling this epidemic.

To learn more about the House’s actions to combat opioid abuse, visit speaker.gov or visit the links below.

August 2017: Opioids Are Taking Over in Our Communities
May 2017: National Resources to Fight the Opioid Epidemic, House Tackling Opioid Crisis, What does opioid addiction look like to you?
December 2016: Speaker Ryan Signs Cures Act, Sends to President’s Desk
July 2016: Speaker Ryan Holds Enrollment Ceremony for Bipartisan Bill to Combat Opioid Epidemic, One Step Closer to Stopping the Opioid Epidemic
March 2016: House Action on the Opioid Epidemic