Statement from Congressman Dan Donovan on the Opioid National Emergency
“Here on Staten Island and Brooklyn, we all unfortunately know or have heard of families whose lives have been devastated by the opioid abuse epidemic. It’s estimated that more than 1,300 lives were lost to drug overdoses in New York City last year alone, and these types of statistics are rising at an alarming rate in communities across the country. We need a comprehensive strategy to combat this deadly crisis, and I support President Trump’s decision to declare this situation a national emergency. While we won’t be able to win this battle overnight, I’m confident that this announcement will prioritize efforts to help those struggling with addiction, as well as stopping the supply of drugs coming into our country. Whether it’s the introduction of my legislation to breakdown fentanyl drug networks, getting New York to participate in the federal prescription data-sharing network, or securing funding for drug education and treatment programs, I look forward to continuing my work in Congress to implement policies that save lives and end this epidemic.”
-- Congressman Dan Donovan serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He is New York City’s only Republican representative.