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January 19,2020

Friends,

I’ll never forget Amanda Gray’s story. Amanda suffered from a mental illness that caused her pain, leading her to self-medicate. She ultimately turned to heroin and at just 24 years old, she was killed by fentanyl laced heroin. Her father spoke fondly of his daughter during an Energy and Commerce Committee roundtable, and I could feel the pain he and his family went through.
 
Amanda was another beautiful life cut far too short by the opioid crisis.
  
One thing is for certain, opioids do not discriminate based on economic status, race, religion, or gender. Over the last two decades, we have lost more than 12,000 North Carolinians to opioid related deaths. I can almost guarantee we all know someone in our community whose family has been impacted by opioids or have lost a loved one to addiction – maybe you’ve personally experienced that pain.
 
I have led the fight in Congress on the opioid front by leading legislation that truly gets at the root causes of this epidemic. I authored three bipartisan pieces of legislation that focused on the safe and responsible packaging and disposal of unused opioids. My bill – which was signed into law by President Donald Trump as part of H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act – was applauded as one of “the most important opioid bills.” This legislation was the most significant federal action against a drug crisis in history.
 
I helped lead the way on landmark legislation like the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA, the 21st Century Cures Act which authorized the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grants, the SUPPORT Act, and billions more in federal appropriations to boost programs that fight, treat, and stop substance abuse. Part of my job as your Congressman is to provide oversight of the federal funding Congress authorized in these laws.
 
Last week, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on state efforts to curb the opioid crisis. One of our very own North Carolinians testified at this important hearing. Kody Kinsely is the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health & Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. His testimony highlighted the success North Carolina is having at curbing deaths caused by opioids and I wanted to share a few of the important advances we are making as a state.
 
As Mr. Kinsley said, our state saw a 9% decline in opioid related deaths from 2017- 2018. He credited federal funds as having a huge impact, saying, “These federal funds have directly enabled North Carolina to turn the tide on the opioid epidemic in our state” In addition, North Carolina has seen a 10% decline in emergency room visits for opioid overdoses. Mr. Kinsley further stated, “We have achieved this by leveraging the federal opioid funds to execute a coordinated statewide strategic plan - The North Carolina Opioid Action Plan.”
 
This is good news, and I look forward to continuing my work with the state to ensure our communities are getting more resources to tackle this crisis on the front lines.
 
While these are great advances in combating this crisis, there is still much work that needs to be done. I will not sit idly by while our friends, loved ones, neighbors and fellow North Carolinians are fighting this epidemic and need our help.
 
 

Until next week

Richard Hudson

Member of Congress (NC-08)




 


 



 


 


 





 



 




 





 

 



 








 



 



 


 



 





 




 



 








 





 






 




 

 



 



 

 





 

 








 



 

 

 

 

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