Walker Releases Video Series on Opioid Crisis and Congress:"A Haven of Hope"
GREENSBORO, N.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released a five-part video series focusing on the opioid crisis in North Carolina, recent congressional action, and Hannah's Haven, a Greensboro-based non-profit addiction recover program for women. The series, titled "A Haven for Hope," focuses on the personal stories of addiction and recovery in North Carolina, the House-passage of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, and the path forward in combatting battling addiction and drug trafficking.
"The opioid epidemic is the largest public health crisis in our country with one in four Americans being close to someone who is addicted to these drugs, Walker says in the video. "Since 1999, opioid-related deaths in North Carolina have increased by 800 percent, leaving nearly 2,000 opportunity-filled futures tragically ended. For the many, North Carolinians struggling with addiction, finding hope can be hard."
"With the passage of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, we can better serving people in our community struggling with addiction and their families," Walker adds. "There is hope. There is a future. And there is power in redemption."
In October 2017, Walker hosted a two-day, seven-stop opioid crisis tour across North Carolina to better understand the full scope of the opioid epidemic and to get a firsthand account of the realities, burdens, and struggles of opioid addiction in North Carolina. Many of the reforms in the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act adhered to specific feedback Walker received from different organizations and sectors during the tour – including Hannah's Haven.
Read more about the Opioid Crisis Tour in a story in the Washington Examiner here.
As the story notes, "since 1999, opioid-related deaths in North Carolina have increased by 800 percent, nationwide drug overdoses now kill more Americans than gun homicides and car crashes combined."
The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act is a bipartisan bill that will help in our overall efforts to combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting our communities, and bolstering our efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl. The legislation follows the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act last Congress, and represents the most significant congressional effort against a single drug crisis in history.
The reforms focus on treatment and recovery by improving and expanding access to treatment and recovery services and establishing comprehensive opioid recovery centers. It also helps prevent addictions by encouraging non-addictive opioid alternatives to treat pain and improving data to identify and help at-risk patients and families.
You can read the full text of the legislation here.
Watch each of the five-part video series here:
A Haven of Hope: Living with Addiction – Part One
A Haven of Hope: Finding Hope in Hannah's Haven – Part Two
A Haven of Hope: The North Carolina Opioid Crisis Tour – Part Three
A Haven of Hope: The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act – Part Four
A Haven of Hope: A Bright Future Ahead – Part Five