UPDATED 10:28 AM PT — Wed. June 13, 2018
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said “America deserves better,” and families need to be protected” from the opioid crisis.
On Capitol Hill Wednesday, McCarthy said more than 100 people die each day due to opioid addiction, mostly because they were injured and doctors over-prescribed medication.
He also said the House is in the process of voting on about 70 bills
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Congress is taking action to stem the flow of opioids into the country, change prescription practices, and establish comprehensive recovery centers.
Several House members shared photos of opioid overdose victims and told thier stories, saying they’ve heard the call to tackle the opioid crisis.