LATEST SENATOR DONNELLY
Donnelly Urges President to Follow Through on Plan to Declare Opioid Crisis as National Emergency and Direct Significant Federal Resources to Address Epidemic
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly called on President Trump to follow through with his plan to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. Donnelly sent a letter to Trump following up on the President’s announcement in August that he planned to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. Donnelly also urged him to direct significant federal resources to confront this epidemic devastating Indiana and communities across the country.
Donnelly wrote, in part, “In order to stem the tide of this epidemic, we need to take significant actions at the federal, state, and local levels. We do not have time to waste, as we are already years behind in this fight… I was encouraged when you indicated in August that you planned to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency, because I believe you understand the seriousness of this crisis. I urge you to follow through with your plans to direct significant federal resources towards this issue. To that end, I stand ready to work with you and your Administration on a comprehensive approach to addressing the opioid epidemic that includes prevention, treatment, recovery, and enforcement strategies.”
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