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Knight, Walden Discuss Opioid Epidemic in Simi Valley

Energy & Commerce Chairman hosted at local clinic

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Washington, DC, October 19, 2018 | Chris Jusuf (202-225-1956) | comments

On Friday, October 19, 2018, Representative Steve Knight (R-CA) hosted a special event at Clinicas del Camino Real in Simi Valley with Representative Greg Walden (R-CA), Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. The two Congressman highlighted several key initiatives being undertaken in Congress to address the ongoing opioid epidemic, as well as local and private sector practices to assist in the effort. The event comprised of a tour of the facility, discussions with care providers, and a media availability period.

In the 115th Congress, Congress passed the two-year Bipartisan Budget Act, which provided a 2-year extension of the Community Health Center fund at $3.8 billion for FY18 and $4.0 billion for FY19. This account is one source of funds for the $396 million in grants to support substance use disorder and mental health treatment services at community health centers and rural health clinics. 

This September, Congress passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a bipartisan bill that expands access to substance use disorder services in Medicaid, creates a student loan forgiveness program for medical practitioners who specialize in addiction treatment, and establishes of a new type of comprehensive opioid recovery centers for integrated recovery support services. H.R. 6 also includes Rep. Knight’s bill, the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018, which increases criminal penalties for those who engage in “patient brokering” to profit off of those who are battling addiction and seeking help recovering.

 

"The opioid epidemic isn't specific to any income range, race, region, or political ideology.said Rep. Knight "My years in LAPD gave me first-hand experience of the devastation addiction and drug abuse can cause to a family and a community. Chairman Walden has provided exemplary leadership in championing many innovative and forward think policies that can save lives. I want to thank him for taking the time to come out to our district today and for his continued leadership in the House."

The 115th Congress has taken more action and provided more assistance to address the opioid epidemic than any other time in history." said Chairman Walden "About 72,000 Americans died from opioid related overdoses last year. This is a bipartisan issue that affects families in every district in the nation.   I’m proud of the work we’ve done to pass comprehensive and proactive policies into law. Congressman Knight provided valuable insights from his experience as a law enforcement officer and from his work in the communities of his district.  I’d like to thank him and Clinicas del Camino Real for hosting me today and participating in this important ongoing discussion.

Representative Knight is an 18 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and serves on both the House Law Enforcement Caucus and Bipartisan Heroin Task Force.
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