Congressman Carson Statement on Combating the Opioid Epidemic
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman André Carson issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted on several bills to help combat the opioid epidemic.
“Over the past two weeks, I have supported dozens of bipartisan bills passed by the House to help combat the opioid epidemic. Too many Hoosiers suffer from the scourge of drug abuse, and too few receive the treatment they need. I am pleased that Congress was able to make some critical headway in addressing this growing issue. While I was not able to support every bill, this package as a whole represents an important step. I urge my fellow members of Congress to also dedicate the funding necessary to combat this epidemic; support Medicaid and the protections of the Affordable Care Act, which provide critical care to many impacted individuals; and to ensure that our focus encompasses the full spectrum of drug and substance abuse.”
- In 2016, 59,000 Americans died of drug overdose, including 1,566 in Indiana. 171 Marion County residents died of opioid poisoning that year.
- Hoosiers are now more likely to die from a drug overdose than a car accident, and in the last 10 years there has been a 337% increase in opioid deaths.
- Opioid misuse costs Indiana over $11 million a day, according to an Indiana University study.