Foster Hosts Tele-Town Hall Discussion on Heroin and Opioid Epidemic
Aurora, IL – Last night, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) hosted a telephone town hall discussion about the growing opioid epidemic and the legislative initiatives he is working on to address it.
Over 4,000 residents of the 11th Congressional District joined the call, and several had the opportunity to ask questions.
“It seems like everyone knows somebody who has struggled with addiction to opioids – whether it’s a family member, a co-worker, or a friend,” Foster said. “This epidemic is claiming victims every day. I’m glad that so many people joined this discussion about how this crisis is affecting their families and communities, as well as what needs to be done to reverse it.”
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 4982, a bill introduced by Congressman Foster that would direct the collection of essential data needed to address the opioid issue. The bill currently awaits further action by the Senate.
Foster has also introduced the Opioid Abuse Prevention Act and the Expanding Opportunities for Recovery Act – two pieces of legislation that would help prevent prescription drug abuse, and provide better access to treatment to those struggling with addiction.
“This epidemic does not discriminate,” continued Foster. “Black or white, rich or poor, parent or child. We all need to work together to protect our families and fight back.”