Tammy Baldwin
Press Release

Senators Baldwin and Markey Lead Group of Senators to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis

“It is critical that we make a strong commitment to strengthen our nation’s efforts to combat this epidemic.”

By - Apr 7th, 2015 01:08 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Edward Markey (D-MA) led a group of 16 Senators in a letter urging for increased funding for critical prescription drug abuse prevention, treatment and research programs at the Department of Health and Human Services. In the letter to U.S. Senate appropriators, the senators request the nation’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin-related abuse and overdose epidemic to be strengthened through additional funding in fiscal year (FY) 2016.

“Prescription and illicit drug abuse is an epidemic in the United States that continues to grow at an alarming rate. Drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed in the past decade, largely because of prescription opioids, and they have become the leading cause of injury death in the U.S.,” the senators wrote. “It is critical that we make a strong commitment to strengthen our nation’s efforts to combat this epidemic.” 

In 2012, drug overdoses caused more deaths than motor vehicle accidents among Americans aged 25 to 64.  For each death involving prescription opioids, hundreds of people abuse or misuse these drugs, leading to a staggering increase in hospital visits in the last few years. Addiction to prescription drugs often leads to the use of illicit drugs such as heroin, and as the abuse of prescription drugs has increased, so too has the abuse of heroin.

In the letter to U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), the senators called for increased funding for domestic prescription drug abuse prevention, treatment, and research through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Increased funding in FY 2016 for critical initiatives at the CDC, SAMHSA and NIH is supported by the President’s FY 2016 budget, and will help reduce deaths and improve the nation’s health and safety.

Joining Senators Baldwin and Markey in signing the letter were Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Al Franken (D-MN), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Angus King (I-ME), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

An online version of the letter can be found here.

Press Releases by Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Awarded Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service from Secretary Eric Fanning

Secretary of the Army awards decoration to those who provide distinguished service and make substantial contributions to the accomplishment of the Army's missions

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Young Wisconsinites to Discuss Republican Plan to Take Away Affordable Health Care for Young Students and Workers

“I’m proud to champion a reform that allows young people to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26”

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces She Will Oppose Senator Jeff Sessions’ Nomination for U.S. Attorney General

"After meeting with Senator Sessions, I cannot support his confirmation to be our next Attorney General"

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement After Commerce Committee Hearing on Nomination of Elaine Chao for Secretary of the Department of Transportation

"I am very pleased that Ms. Chao stated her commitment and the Trump Administration’s commitment to strong ‘Buy America’ standards. "

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Amendment to Oppose Legislation that Would Make Young Americans Sick Again

Amendment to budget resolution would protect the Affordable Care Act reform that allows young people to stay on their parents’ health plan until age 26

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Disclosure of Trump Cabinet Nominees’ Golden Parachute Bonus Payouts

“The American people cannot afford to have industry insiders writing their own rules to make a rigged system worse.”

See More Releases

One thought on “Senators Baldwin and Markey Lead Group of Senators to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis”

  1. Paul says:

    Tammy cannot be trusted, she sat on the reports of the prescription drug abuse at the VA and did nothing about it till it hit the newspaper

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *