U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., on April 18 cosponsored legislation to help fight the opioid crisis and improve the federal government’s response to this epidemic that is devastating communities across Georgia and the nation.
The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, S.2680, would facilitate greater communication and improve data sharing across government agencies involved in responding to the opioid epidemic.
“My own family has been touched by the devastating consequences of opioid addiction,”said Isakson, referring to the 2016 death of a grandson. “As a country, we need to treat addiction as the devastating disease that it is, and we need to help people struggling with addiction get the treatment they need. I appreciate the partnerships by Congress, the administration, healthcare agencies, states and so many other groups that are coming together to tackle this challenge.”
The Opioid Crisis Response Act was developed based on months of expert testimony in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Isakson, a member of the committee, and his colleagues worked to find ways to improve the federal response to the opioid crisis and help prevent more Americans from succumbing to the epidemic.
Click here for the official news release from Sen. Isakson's office.