A united front against the opioid crisis

Senator Todd Young
2017-10-10 17:39:14
A message from US Senator Todd Young <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenYoung/Todd_Young_Ba nner_logo2.png> Combating the Opioid Crisis On Thursday, we held a hearing in the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on the federal response to the opioid crisis. Representatives from four different government agencies testified. Here are three highlights from the hearing: <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx op=13249.8336743.5436124.189397&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2ftwitte r.com%2fSenToddYoung%2fstatus%2f916045363227672576&redir_log=44424528811 8356> Hoosiers can't wait 17 years for best practices for treatment and prevention of opioid abuse to be implemented. Austin, IN was cited as having one of the worst documented HIV outbreaks among users in the past two decades. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx op=13249.8336743.5436124.189397&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2ftwitte r.com%2fSenToddYoung%2fstatus%2f916076053788946433&redir_log=94747512627 356> Developing non-opioid alternatives and utilizing medical breakthroughs can help stunt the spread of opioid abuse. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx op=13249.8336743.5436124.189397&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2ftwitte r.com%2fSenToddYoung%2fstatus%2f916102715180072960&redir_log=27102330335 355> Best practices for treatment and prevention of opioid abuse need to be implemented far more quickly so those who need access to them can get access to them in order to put them on a better path forward. Talking Tax Reform and Opioids in Fort Wayne On Friday, I was in Fort Wayne to meet with small businesses and major employers to get their input on tax reform. I consistently hear from Hoosiers that simplifying our tax code is the most important thing we can do to boost our economy. While in Fort Wayne, I spoke with NewsChannel 15 about tax reform and combating the opioid crisis. I shared insight into the resources that Congress, as well as our state and local authorities, have dedicated to addressing this crisis, and how they are making a difference. With that said, we must continue to identify our best practices from around the country and scale those up in our local communities. As seen in Allen County, through their continued dedication to do some encouraging developments at the local level. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx op=13249.8336743.5436124.189397&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwane.co m%2f2017%2f10%2f06%2fsen-young-joins-first-news-talks-tax-reform-and-opi oid-crisis%2f&redir_log=642811413666613> Honoring the American Legion Earlier today, I spoke at The American Legion National Headquarters to highlight passage of the American Legion commemorative coin bill. This commemorative coin will honor the American Legion's track record of successful advocacy along with helping to continue work that improves the lives of veterans. I'm happy the President signed this bill into law and recognized that the Legion is worthy of recognition in this very competitive process. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx op=13249.8336743.5436124.189397&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.fa cebook.com%2famericanlegionhq%2fvideos%2f1590982390952295%2f&redir_log=1 35520040474415>

Combating the Opioid Crisis

On Thursday, we held a hearing in the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on the federal response to the opioid crisis. Representatives from four different government agencies testified. Here are three highlights from the hearing:

Hoosiers can’t wait 17 years for best practices for treatment and prevention of opioid abuse to be implemented. Austin, IN was cited as having one of the worst documented HIV outbreaks among users in the past two decades.

Developing non-opioid alternatives and utilizing medical breakthroughs can help stunt the spread of opioid abuse.

Best practices for treatment and prevention of opioid abuse need to be implemented far more quickly so those who need access to them can get access to them in order to put them on a better path forward.

Talking Tax Reform and Opioids in Fort Wayne

On Friday, I was in Fort Wayne to meet with small businesses and major employers to get their input on tax reform. I consistently hear from Hoosiers that simplifying our tax code is the most important thing we can do to boost our economy.

While in Fort Wayne, I spoke with NewsChannel 15 about tax reform and combating the opioid crisis. I shared insight into the resources that Congress, as well as our state and local authorities, have dedicated to addressing this crisis, and how they are making a difference.

With that said, we must continue to identify our best practices from around the country and scale those up in our local communities. As seen in Allen County, through their continued dedication to do some encouraging developments at the local level.

 

Honoring the American Legion

Earlier today, I spoke at The American Legion National Headquarters to highlight passage of the American Legion commemorative coin bill.

This commemorative coin will honor the American Legion’s track record of successful advocacy along with helping to continue work that improves the lives of veterans. I’m happy the President signed this bill into law and recognized that the Legion is worthy of recognition in this very competitive process.



Thank you for the continued privilege to serve you in the U.S. Senate. My mission is to fight on behalf of Hoosiers and the interests that are unique to our state. I look forward to working with you, and sharing our progress, in the days ahead. Until then…

In Service,

 

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