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Thune Statement on President Trump’s Opioid Public Health Emergency Declaration

“It is critical that we do everything we can to root out the causes and address the consequences of this tragic epidemic.” 

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement today regarding President Trump’s declaration of a nationwide public health emergency to address the opioid crisis.

“Across America, communities and families are dealing with the devastating effects of the opioid crisis, and drug overdose deaths are on the rise. It is critical that we do everything we can to root out the causes and address the consequences of this tragic epidemic. I commend President Trump for his declaration of a public health emergency to address the opioid crisis. He has made clear he is very passionate about providing vulnerable Americans with the treatment they need to overcome addiction. I will continue to work alongside the president and my colleagues here in Congress to address this epidemic and provide support to all those fighting against opioid addiction.”