Meehan: Nation’s heroin epidemic has reached “crisis proportion”

U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) said on Tuesday that the country’s heroin epidemic has reached “crisis proportions” during a meeting with the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic and officials overseeing federal drug policy.

The purpose of the meeting was to review current federal efforts to combat heroin abuse and to explore potential legislative solutions and strategies to improve them.

“The heroin epidemic has reached crisis proportions, and every day seven Pennsylvanians die of an overdose,” Meehan said. “Our law enforcement agencies are doing tremendous work to interdict heroin traffickers, crack down on dealers and take these drugs off the street. But there’s more we can be doing at the federal level to help our states and local communities cope.”

In addition to Meehan and the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat Heroin Epidemic, officials from the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service participated in the meeting.

“Improving prescriber education, raising awareness about the link between opioids and heroin, and cracking down on bad actors who over-prescribe or write fraudulent prescriptions are just a few of the areas where there is room for us to improve,” Meehan said. “(Tuesday’s) meeting was an opportunity to hear from some of the people on the front lines of this effort, and I’m grateful for their insights and the work they do.” 

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