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North Carolina House of Representatives
Rep. Justin P. Burr
1315 Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
(919) 733-5908
Ė Justin.Burr@ncleg.net

 


 

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Justin P. Burr

North Carolina House of Representatives

67th District - Stanly and Montgomery Counties



Chairman - House Appropriations Committee

Chairman - House Judiciary IV Committee



Legislative Assistant:

Dina Long - BurrLA@ncleg.net



Research Assistant:

Blair Borsuk - Blair.Borsuk@ncleg.net


 

 

      Rep. Justin P. Burr

      North Carolina House of Representatives

      67th District - Stanly, Union, and Montgomery Counties

 

      Legislative Office Building, Room 307A

      300 N. Salisbury Street

      Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

      (919) 733-5908

 Contact: Rep. Justin Burr

 

      Legislative Assistant:

      Dina Long - BurrLA@ncleg.net

 

 

 

       Justin.Burr@ncleg.net



Senator Tom McInnis

2017-2018 Session

Republican - District 25 
AnsonRichmondRowanScotlandStanly

N.C. Senate
300 N Salisbury Street, Room 620 
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

(919) 733-5953

Tom.McInnis@ncleg.net

Office:

620 Legislative Office Building

Terms in Senate:

2     (0 in House)

Occupation:

Vice-President, Iron Horse Auction Company, Inc.

Address:

P.O. Box 1331, Rockingham, NC 28380

 


June 17, 2018

Friends,

 
Addiction. Itís a word with a lot of weight and unfortunately, a lot of stigma. Too often, people donít want to talk about addiction. People might even think they donít know anyone suffering from addiction.
 
But the simple fact is they likely do.
 
In 2018, more than 2 million Americans will suffer from addiction to prescription or illicit opioids. And that doesnít even take into account the family and friends who suffer, too. In North Carolina, we have four of the top 25 worst cities for opioid abuse in the country. This truly is the crisis next door.
 
As Iíve traveled across our district, I have seen the faces and heard the stories of opioid addiction. These drugs do not discriminate based on gender, race, social class, or age. They destroy lives, families, marriages, and careers. One particularly devastating story has stuck with me from a constituent I met while touring a treatment facility, and Iíd like to share it with you.
 
I met a young man who was a police captain and the son of a police chief in the same small town. He had a bright future until he injured his back on the job and was prescribed an opioid following surgery. He told me he vividly remembers becoming addicted the first time he took one of these pills. And like so many Americans, he found himself in a dangerous spiral. Within a year, he was a full blown heroin addict.
 
This young man has since recovered and now mentors addicts during their treatment. His story paints a clear picture of the good work our local officials and recovery centers do to restore lives. I recently had the chance to speak with the North Carolina Rural Health Center on how they are assisting communities affected with opioid addiction. We all agreed that we must strengthen resources for prevention and treatment, including establishing more comprehensive recovery centers to help get people back on their feet.
 
Stories and people like this are inspiring action. Last week and continuing this week, the House is voting on more than 70 bills to improve access to care for individuals suffering from substance use disorders, provide our health care system with tools and resources it needs to care for patients, and help prevent future misuse of opioids.
 
Altogether, this is the most significant congressional action ever taken against a single drug crisis in history.
 
This bipartisan effort follows the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act last Congress, as well as the $4 billion appropriated in the FY18 omnibus to combat the opioid crisis.
 
Included in last weekís legislation was my bipartisan bill, the Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act. And this week, we will consider another one of my bipartisan bills, the Securing Opioids and Unused Narcotics with Deliberate (SOUND) Disposal and Packaging Act. These bills will help ensure unused opioids donít go from our medicine cabinets or health care facilities onto the streets and into the wrong hands. This is a small Ė but critical Ė step in combatting the opioid crisis, especially when you consider that the majority of people donít use all the opioid pills theyíre prescribed.
 
While Congress and the Trump Administration are working to address the opioid epidemic, there is still so much more work to do. Two important pieces of the puzzle are education and awareness within our local communities. We all play a role in this Ė we need to continue to work to end the stigma around addiction and offer our compassion and support.
 
If you or someone you know needs help with substance abuse, please contact the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services at (919) 715-3197 or find your local center for help and information at www.ncdhhs.gov. Our community is here to support you. 
 

Until Next Week

Richard Hudson

Member of Congress (NC-08)



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