While in Washington County this week, I joined Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA 14) and local officials at the City Mission homeless shelter to discuss the resources and partnerships needed to effectively combat the opioid and heroin epidemic in our state.
The visit gave me the opportunity to hear how City Mission has achieved tremendous success fighting addiction with a holistic approach to recovery. We also discussed the work I'm doing at the federal level to combat the opioid crisis.
In recent years, the federal government has passed two landmark pieces of legislation -- the Comprehensive Abuse and Recovery Act in 2016 and the SUPPORT Patients and Communities Act in 2018 -- aimed at fighting this deadly crisis. While progress has been made, more is needed. Congress should pass my bipartisan legislation to fight the importation of illicit, deadly fentanyl.
This crisis will not end overnight, but I know by working together, we can save lives.