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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Esty, New England Congressional Delegation Meet with DEA to Discuss Latest Updates on Opioid Crisis

November 15, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) joined her colleagues from New England’s House delegation to receive an update on efforts to combat the opioid crisis ravaging the region and the nation. The meeting comes close to a month after the administration formally declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency. 

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) meets with federal drug enforcement officials and New England lawmakers. 

“I appreciated the opportunity to hear the latest news on what our federal officials are doing to combat this dangerous epidemic,” Esty said. “Addiction doesn’t discriminate on race, gender, income, or zip code. It is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives. Unfortunately, the administration is failing to provide the resources necessary to end drug addiction in America.

“It’s been weeks since the opioid crisis was declared a national public health emergency. Key leadership positions still haven’t been filled. The funds available to treat and prevent addiction are still woefully inadequate. I thank those in law enforcement who have been on the front lines working to halt the criminal flow of dangerous drugs like heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine into Connecticut and the rest of the country. But we are losing this battle and we need to do much more. 

“I will continue working to develop bipartisan solutions to ensure that our response to this crisis is meaningful and effective.”