Rep. Trott Works With Conference Committee to Advance Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Opioid Addiction
WASHINGTON, DC: U.S. Representative Dave Trott (MI-11) today worked with the Conference Committee assigned to negotiate differences between legislation (S. 524) passed by the House and Senate aimed at addressing the epidemic of opioid addiction in communities throughout the United States.
“Congress must take bold action to address America’s opioid epidemic and make sure those struggling with addiction get the resources they need. Far too many of our neighbors in Southeast Michigan are struggling with addiction problems and it’s encouraging that Republicans and Democrats are coming together to advance solutions that will help them. While no single bill or idea will put an end to the addiction crisis, this legislation contains strong and effective language that I believe will help many Americans in need,” said Rep. Dave Trott, who serves on the House Judiciary Committee.
In May, Rep. Trott supported a package of bipartisan legislation aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic, including assistance for veterans, babies, as well as reforms to the current pain management practices. On May 17, 2016, he was named to the Conference Committee by Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) to help negotiate differences between the House and Senate passed legislation.
According to the Detroit Free Press, deaths in Michigan from heroin and pain-killers rose 14% in 2014, including 322 deaths in Wayne County and 127 in Oakland County.