Rep. Comstock Statement on Opioid Addiction Being Declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia

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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after opioid addiction was declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia by the state Health Commissioner:

“Whether it is a friend, a neighbor, or a loved one, addiction does not discriminate against who it harms and we must work as a community to take the opioid crisis head-on.  This epidemic reaches across all socioeconomic backgrounds and age groups.  With the state Health Commissioner declaring opioid addiction a Public Health Emergency for the Commonwealth today, an even greater spotlight will be put on this crisis in the months ahead.  Both as a Delegate and now in Congress I have been working with our community and for legislative responses to battle the scourge of addiction. As a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, I worked with my colleagues to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which addresses education and prevention, treatment and services, and interdiction of these deadly drugs.  We must utilize all avenues available to us, and this Public Health Emergency declaration is yet another step toward stamping out the disease of addiction.”

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