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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Statement from Congressman Dan Donovan on Declaration of Opioid National Emergency

October 26, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Donovan released the below statement following President Trump’s formal declaration that the opioid epidemic is a national emergency. Donovan was at the White House during the announcement: 

“With an estimated 91 Americans dying each day from opioid overdoses, it’s clear that we are facing a devastating public health crisis. Today’s speech affirmed that the administration will take all steps necessary to confront addiction head on, and I commend President Trump’s action to officially declare the opioid crisis impacting families across the country a national emergency. Too many lives have been lost to this deadly epidemic here on Staten Island and Brooklyn, and we must continue to support local treatment, education, and enforcement initiatives. This declaration not only raises necessary awareness about addiction, it will also provide additional resources to end this epidemic and save lives. I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress, as well as the Trump Administration, to implement policies that combat drug abuse, support recovery, and stop the flow of illegal drugs into our neighborhoods.” 

-- Congressman Dan Donovan serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Donovan has consistently advocated for federal programs to support local treatment, education, and enforcement initiatives. During his time serving in Congress, Donovan has introduced legislation to breakdown fentanyl drug networks, ensured New York’s participation in the federal