Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), Member of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, issued the following statement before President Trump signs into law the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act – a comprehensive, bipartisan legislative package to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. This package includes dozens of measures and includes several Medicaid, Medicare, and public health reforms to help combat the opioid crisis.

"The heroin and opioid epidemic is ravaging communities throughout the North Country and across the nation,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I thank my colleagues for their work advancing this critical legislation through Congress, and I am grateful to President Trump for signing this package into law. Communities in our district continue to struggle under the weight of this devastating epidemic. This comprehensive package delivers important support to prevent addiction, encourage treatment and recovery, as well as initiatives that will keep our communities safe. Local organizations like Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery of Clinton County (SPARCC), the Essex County Heroin and Opioid Prevention Coalition (ECHO), and the Jefferson County Alliance for Better Communities are doing important work in the fight against this epidemic, and I am proud to be their partner in Congress. I will continue working to advance policies that promote recovery and save lives.”

Congresswoman Stefanik has previously worked to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, the 21st Century Cures Act, and supported $10 billion in funding to combat addiction. Recently, Congresswoman Stefanik helped her House colleagues pass dozens of bills to fight the opioid epidemic. Click here for reaction from local officials to Congresswoman Stefanik’s work on opioids.

This past summer, constituent Bob Dean from Queensbury shared his personal story of family tragedy that led to his anti-opioid advocacy in a video released by Congresswoman Stefanik. To hear his story and to learn more about Congresswoman Stefanik’s work in Congress to combat opioid abuse, click here.