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Congressman Tom O´Halleran

Representing the 1st District of Arizona

O’Halleran Calls for President to Declare Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency

October 26, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Tom O’Halleran released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced the opioid crisis is a public health emergency:

“The opioid epidemic has ravaged communities and taken our children, loved ones, and neighbors from us. If we are going to get serious about tackling the crisis and cutting the rates of drug abuse and overdose deaths, Republicans and Democrats must work together. While the President’s acknowledgement of the problem is an important first step, this issue demands a declaration of national emergency. Congress must also step up and provide additional funds to states struggling with the rising cost of an epidemic that impacts the victims, their families, and our nation.”