Paul Ryan and Congress are cracking down on the opioid crisis facing America.
Speaker Ryan share this story about a young man who became addicted after suffering from an ankle injury. He's been clean for four years now, and has turned his life around to help others who are going through what he did. Putting the epidemic in perspective, the article talks about actions Congress is taking to fight this horrible disease.
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Stories like Kyle’s are inspiring Congress to take action, create more hope and save lives. For one, we are establishing more recovery centers like the one in Janesville as part of a series of reforms we’re considering on the House floor this week.
Altogether, this will be the most significant congressional effort against a single drug crisis in history.
Here are just a few numbers to think about. In 2016 alone, 865 people in our state died opioid-related deaths, whether from heroin, synthetic opioids or prescription pills. Nationwide, the crisis claims more than 115 lives each day. The rate of Wisconsin babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome — meaning they were exposed to drugs in the womb — has more than quadrupled between 2006 and 2015. In this horrifying way, opioids are reaching the most vulnerable among us before they even take their first breaths.
This epidemic does not care about political party, social status, age, race or hometown. It does not care about where you’ve been — or where you’re going — it simply rips the livelihood from whoever is caught in its path. That’s why just about every one of us knows someone affected by this crisis.
The time is now: We need to step up and fight the opioid epidemic from all sides.
In the last two years, the federal government has passed two major pieces of legislation to combat this crisis. In 2016, Congress passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Earlier this year, we allocated nearly $4 billion toward opioid abuse prevention and treatment as part of a broader government funding package.
The opioid epidemic is the worst drug battle we have ever faces as a nation. It kills people daily, and ruins lives with no prejudice. Everyone wants this drug problem solved as quickly as possible, before more lives are lost.
Will we be able to beat this epidemic? Is Congress doing enough? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.