PRIORITIES

Combating the Opioid Epidemic

If elected, I will push for national comprehensive legislation that addresses the opioid crisis by curbing the supply of opioids and provide substantially greater support for treatment. I will be a vocal champion in Congress to bring drug companies to account if they engage in predatory and misleading practices that contribute to this national epidemic.

It’s no secret we have a national emergency going on with opioid addiction, which today is the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. In Michigan, opioid overdoses now claim more lives than car accidents, including hundreds of deaths each year in communities here in our district. It is the responsibility of our elected officials to address the opioid epidemic head on and take real action.

In addition to pushing for real federal action, if elected I would use my position as a member of Congress to bring the stakeholders of our communities together — from high schools, firefighters, police and first responders, community coalitions, treatment programs, nonprofits and hospitals — to draft a community action plan that tackles this issue at home. I have already begun meeting with community members to learn all that I can about how we are fighting this epidemic here in our district. Pharmaceutical companies have a vested interest in keeping profits sky-high, and we cannot be complacent — this is a fight we must address head-on.

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