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Ryan op-ed: Let's take decisive action on opioid abuse

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May 11, 2016 | Ian Martorana (202-225-3031) | comments

Right now, people need our help.

Right now, thousands in Wisconsin and across America are struggling with opioid abuse. And that's why stopping this epidemic is a top priority in the House of Representatives.

Many states, including Wisconsin, have stepped up to the challenge. They've passed legislation to help combat opioid addition and abuse. But now it's time for action on the national level.

This week, the House will pass a package of bills to curb opioid abuse, addiction, and deaths. One important piece of legislation is the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act, introduced by my friend, colleague, and fellow Wisconsinite, U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menonomee Falls). His bill creates a comprehensive opioid abuse reduction program at the Department of Justice.

The Senate has passed bipartisan legislation by a vote to 94 to 1, and now the House is following suit. We can win this fight. Now let's get the job done.

Read the op-ed in its entirety online here.

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