One of today’s foremost challenges is tackling the opioid crisis impacting communities across the country. BPC Action advocates for actionable bipartisan solutions to address this problem. Only through a sustained effort can policymakers turn the tide of the epidemic and help the millions of people who are touched by this crippling public health crisis.
Alongside BPC’s Governors’ Council and health experts, BPC Action has released a series of recommendations and are calling on Congress and the administration to act and implement change around this important issue.
Former Governors Mike Beebe (AR), Steven Beshear (KY), Jim Douglas (VT), Chris Gregoire (WA), and Linda Lingle (HI), sent a letter of recommendations to the White House and to the Chair of the Commission, Gov. Chris Christie.
Their recommendations center on three main themes: curb the supply of opioids, both prescribed and illegally trafficked; support access to treatment and support recovery; and address the stigma attached to those suffering from substance use disorders by promoting evidence-based policies.
Former Governors Mike Beebe (AK), Steven Beshear (KY), Jim Douglas (VT), Chris Gregoire (WA), Linda Lingle (HI), and Dave Heineman (NE), sent a letter of additional recommendations to Senate and House Appropriations Committee Chairmen Cochran and Frelinghuysen and Ranking Members Leahy and Lowery.
Their recommendations targeted FY2018 and FY2019 spending bills and centered on: enhancing federal coordination, treatment, prevention, interdiction, recovery supports, and data.
BPC’s health program directors G. William Hoagland, Katherine Hayes, Janet Marchibroda, and Anand Parekh, M.D. sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden of recommendations detailing how the Medicare and Medicaid programs can effectively support pain management and prevent and treat substance use disorders.
BPC’s health program directors G. William Hoagland, Katherine Hayes, Janet Marchibroda, and Anand Parekh, M.D. sent a letter to Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden providing input on their proposed legislation, the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. This legislation includes more than 40 proposals, developed with input from over seven months of bipartisan hearings, and was approved unanimously by the Senate HELP Committee in April 2018.
Left to right: Former Governors Jim Douglas (VT) and Mike Beebe (AR) discuss America’s opioid crisis
with BPC’s Chief Medical Advisor Anand Parekh, M.D.