Levin Statement on President Trump’s Announcement on Opioids

Oct 26, 2017 Issues: Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement that he would declare the opioid epidemic a public health emergency:

“With the President’s declaration of the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency, we now wait to see if this declaration represents a real plan of action, or just words on a piece of paper. To date, the President and Republicans have moved in the wrong direction, proposing $1.2 billion in cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eliminating the Prevention and Public Health Fund, and cutting $1.4 trillion from Medicaid. And a preliminary proposal from his Administration even called for cutting the Office on National Drug Control Policy by 95 percent.”

“The emergency here in Michigan has seen drug overdose deaths quadruple since 1999, and far too many other states have similar numbers. I call on the President and Congress to back up his declaration with meaningful investments in the public health of the American people – and stop their misguided efforts to roll back the Medicaid expansion – which provides lifesaving treatment to so many.

“This country desperately needs action and resources – not just words and empty or changed promises.”