Congressman Bruce Poliquin, a founding member of the Congressional Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, released the following statement after the White House declared the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency:
“Every day we hear about and know fellow Mainers—friends, family, and neighbors—who fall victim to the horrific opioid crisis in our State,” said Congressman Poliquin. “This is an emergency, and I am thankful the President agrees.
“Today’s declaration prioritizes the urgency of this epidemic for the federal government and will ultimately help Maine and our local communities more effectively fight this crisis. Since being sworn in, I’ve continued to act in Maine and Washington by holding multiple town halls in the 2nd District to provide resources for addiction and recovery, assisting in the launch of the Congressional Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, and helping pass major legislation like the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act to make sure our communities have necessary assistance and resources.
“I look forward to continuing working with Republicans and Democrats in fighting this terrible crisis in Maine.”