REP. JENKINS WELCOMES PRESIDENT’S OPIOID EMERGENCY DECLARATION
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on President Trump’s announcement that he plans to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency:
“I welcome President Trump’s announcement and the additional resources this declaration will give West Virginia to respond to this urgent public health crisis. Too many sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends have been lost to the disease of addiction throughout West Virginia.
“Two weeks ago, I spent more than an hour with President Trump on Air Force One, discussing the drug crisis in West Virginia and the next steps we needed to take to address this critical issue. This emergency declaration will help our state step up the fight to stop drug trafficking and addiction.
“We can do so much more to expand treatment, improve information sharing and remove barriers to care. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I worked diligently to help secure hundreds of millions of dollars for treatment, law enforcement and drug courts. In addition, I helped authorize the full $1.6 billion President Trump requested for the southern border wall, which will help stop the flow of black tar heroin into the United States.
“The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis endorsed several pieces of legislation that I am proud to cosponsor, and I hope the committee’s actions will spur Congress to act on these bills. One such bill would expand the use of prescription drug monitoring programs to make sure states are sharing real-time data to prevent prescription drug abuse, while another would remove Medicaid barriers that are currently limiting the number of treatment beds available.
“Solving this crisis will take all of us working together – local, state, federal, Congress and the White House. I thank President Trump for this leadership on this critical issue and wholeheartedly support this declaration.”