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• Although Congress passed a massive bill increasing access to treatment and recovery for opioid addiction, Democrats are calling for more funding to address the crisis.
• How can funders help drive policymakers into action against the opioid crisis?
More than 60 House Democrats are urging leadership to make the opioid crisis a top priority in the new Congress.
The Democrats said Congress should dedicate more funding and staff to addressing the crisis, which killed 47,600 people in 2017.
"At a time when our state and local partners are begging for federal assistance to combat the opioid crisis in their communities, Congress must answer the call through increased resources, creative solutions, and with more legislative staff," the Democrats wrote in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. "Dedicated staff across House committees capable of analyzing both the larger federal need and specifics from states and districts is necessary at this point."
Read the full article about America's opioid epidemic by Jessie Hellmann at The Hill