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Congressman Kinzinger Fighting to End Opioid Abuse

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Washington, July 9, 2018 | Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635) | comments
As a Member on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) has been a leader in addressing the opioid crisis plaguing the United States, including introducing legislation to help communities combat drug abuse from the front lines.
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Washington, DC – Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose. In Illinois, more than 2,400 people died from an opioid overdose in 2016. And this year, more than 2 million Americans will suffer from addiction to opioids. This crisis affects every community, including those in the 16th Congressional District of Illinois, and in every corner of the country.

As a Member on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) has been a leader in addressing the opioid crisis plaguing the United States, including introducing legislation to help communities combat drug abuse from the front lines. Below are a few of the major pieces of legislation that the Congressman has helped pass in Congress:

S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA): Congressman Kinzinger served as a conferee on the bipartisan, bicameral conference committee responsible for drafting this final legislation, which included the Congressman’s bill H.R. 1818, the Veteran Emergency Medical Technical Support Act.

H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act: Congressman Kinzinger was a cosponsor of the bipartisan package and voted in favor of the bill, which modernized our health care system and incentivized for more research, with a special focus on rare diseases.

H.R. 1625, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018: Congressman Kinzinger voted in favor of the funding bill that provided the largest investment to date in combating the opioid crisis with an allocation of $4 billion to help address prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues.

H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act: Congressman Kinzinger joined his House Energy and Commerce Committee colleagues in passing over 50 measures for this bipartisan legislative package. One of the measures included in H.R. 6 was Congressman Kinzinger’s bill H.R. 5590, the Opioid Addiction Action Plan.

In talking with his constituents, several advocacy groups, individuals in recovery, and from his own experience witnessing an overdose at his local gym, Congressman Kinzinger continues to fight this epidemic from all angles. This snapshot video below highlights his efforts to end opioid abuse in #IL16 and across the country: 


RELATED
: Below is a brief timeline featuring some of Congressman Kinzinger’s work over the years to address opioid abuse and drug addiction.

07/17/2013

Rep. Kinzinger visits Rosecrance to encourage teens in treatment

05/12/2014

Rock River TimesArea congressmen urge DOJ to increase opioid addiction treatment options

05/11/2016

House GOP Guest BlogRep. Adam Kinzinger: The Opioid Epidemic: How Veterans Can Help

05/17/2016

Congressman Kinzinger Appointed as House Conferee for Opioid Legislation

06/01/2016

News TribuneKinzinger pushing against crime, ISIS, heroin, opioids

07/08/2016

Rep. Kinzinger Statement on Passage of Opioid Legislation

08/08/2016

House E&C BlogKinzinger Puts Veteran EMT Bill to Use

11/10/2016

Morris Herald NewsKinzinger: Combating opioid epidemic with life-saving law

10/19/2017

WLPO RadioCongressman Kinzinger Joins Discussion in La Salle About Opioid Abuse

10/30/2017

My Stateline (WTVO)Rep. Kinzinger to Stop in Rockford to Discuss Opioid Epidemic

10/30/2017

Rockford Register StarKinzinger: The time is now to act on opioid crisis

12/21/2017

Illinois Congressional Delegation Urges CMS to Approve Illinois’ 1115 Medicaid Waiver

04/24/2018

Reps. Kinzinger and Clarke Introduce Opioid Action Legislation

06/21/2018

WCSJ NewsRep. Kinzinger Passes Legislation to Help Combat Opioid Addiction

06/22/2018

Kinzinger Votes to SUPPORT Patients and Communities in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse


For more on how Congress is working hard to combat the #opioidcrisis, visit www.opioidcrisis.gop.

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