Addressing the Opioid Crisis


Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Congresswoman Trahan has no higher priority than ending the opioid addiction epidemic. It has been her focus every single day. In fact, on her first day in office, Rep. Trahan signed a letter to House leadership demanding that solutions to the opioid crisis be prioritized. 

In cities and towns around the Third District, Congresswoman Trahan has met with families affected by addiction. These stories have inspired her to fight tirelessly for federal funding and legislative solutions to address the opioid epidemic.  

Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances Act

Congresswoman Lori Trahan and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances Act, legislation that requires any prescriber of opioid medication to be knowledgeable of safe prescribing practices. Specifically, it requires all prescribers that are applying for the federal license to prescribe controlled substances, such as prescription painkillers, to complete mandatory education that will help encourage responsible prescribing practices. 

Of the approximately 2,000 opioid related deaths in Massachusetts in 2018, approximately 20 percent had a prescription opioid present in the postmortem toxicology screen. 

The Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act

Congresswoman Trahan is proud to be an original cosponsor of the most ambitious legislation ever introduced in Congress to confront the opioid and substance use epidemic. Endorsed by over 200 organizations, the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act would provide state and local governments with $100 billion in federal funding over ten years to address the opioid epidemic. 

Freshman Working Group on Addiction

Congresswoman Trahan is working with other newly elected colleagues to address the addiction crisis. Members of Congress from across the country, across district lines, and across party lines have come together to form the Freshman Working Group on Addiction, a group of lawmakers whose common goal is to understand the extent of the impacts of addiction and to jointly promote policies to reduce overdoses and deaths.

Additional Supported Legislation

Respond Now Act - To address the opioid epidemic*

H.R. 2480 - To reauthorize the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act*

State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act

 * indicates the Congresswoman is an Original Cosponsor of that legislation.