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(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) today introduced a bipartisan bill to help stem the opioid abuse crisis. The Improving the Federal Response to Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorder Act would establish a federal taskforce with the mission of coordinating the federal response to the opioid crisis. The taskforce would help identify, evaluate and recommend best practices to states and local agencies in their fight against opioid abuse. The taskforce would also develop ways to better identify and prevent substance abuse in the home and around children and minors.

“Opioid abuse has long been a problem. Recently, it has become a large-scale epidemic in need of immediate attention.”

“Earlier this month, Senator Johnson and I held a roundtable discussion on the opioid crisis with state and federal experts, local leaders and individuals directly affected by the crisis.”

“As a result of the roundtable, it was clear that better coordination is needed between federal agencies and local communities. Communities can better address the crisis if they know what works and what doesn’t.”

“That is why I am proposing we establish a federal task-force that brings together experts from across the spectrum to fight opioid abuse and reduce overdose deaths, which have increased 700 percent from 2013 to 2016.”

“One overdose is too many. These are preventable deaths of precious lives. I am determined to fight to put an end to the opioid crisis and believe that this bill could be a turning point in the fight.”

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