Malinowski Calls on House Leadership to Prioritize Opioid Epidemic

January 9, 2019
Press Release
More than 60 Members of Congress Urge Action to Continue Efforts to Address Opioid Epidemic

(Washington, DC) – Today, more than sixty members of Congress called on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to prioritize policies that will help tackle the opioid epidemic. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a dramatic increase in deaths nationally due to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and increases in overdose deaths in many of the hardest hit states.

Over 3,000 people died of overdoses in New Jersey in 2018, and in the first half of 2018 alone nearly 400 people died from opioid abuse in the 6 counties that make up the 7th Congressional District.

“The opioid epidemic is devastating communities all over New Jersey and the 7th District has not been spared the pain,” said Malinowski. “With 3,000 deaths statewide last year Congress must prioritize more resources for treatment and recovery, as well as creative policy solutions tailored to stopping opioid abuse before it starts.”

The letter sent to house leadership was lead in part by Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ01). Full text can be found here.