Governors Advocate Opioid Priorities in Budget and Appropriations, Health

Dear Chairmen Cochran and Frelinghuysen and Ranking Members Leahy and Lowey:

We write as members of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Governors’ Council to provide input on how best to prioritize the $6 billion, which is included in the proposed congressional budget agreement to address the opioid epidemic.

In July 2017, we provided recommendations to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. In November 2017, the Commission issued a comprehensive and bipartisan report containing more than 50 recommendations to address the opioid epidemic. The report, grounded in science and evidence, reflected the bipartisan consensus of its membership, a membership that included three governors.

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