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Battling Opioids

Congressman Fred Upton has long been committed to taking action on the tragic opioid abuse epidemic that has hit communities here in Southwest Michigan and across the country. In response, Fred has led the charge to pass bipartisan legislation to address this epidemic.

In 2016, the House and the Senate passed, and the president signed into law, a sweeping package of laws aimed at attacking the opioid epidemic from all sides. This critical legislation included more than a dozen bills passed by the Energy and Commerce Committee and Fred proudly chaired the House and Senate Conference Committee that finalized the comprehensive package.

Additionally, as part of Fred’s landmark 21st Century Cures Act, an additional $1 billion was allocated to states to address opioid addiction treatment and prevention. The first round of federal funding was approved in April and Michigan was on the receiving end of more than $16 million in grant funding. This funding will have a real impact on those suffering from this addiction. The second round of federal funding was approved in March with Michigan again on the receiving end of more than $16 million in additional grant funding. 

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March 26, 2015: Upton, Subcommittee Focus on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse

August 28, 2015: Upton Speaks at Anti-Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse Event at St. Joseph High School

April 21, 2016: VIDEO: Upton Makes Important Announcement Regarding Work to Address the Opioid Epidemic

May 13, 2016: Upton, House Act on Opioid and Heroin Epidemic

May 17, 2016: Upton to Lead House Effort to Finalize Opioid Package with Senate

July 8, 2016: Upton Statement on Opioid Conference Report Passage

July 14, 2016: Upton Takes Part in Enrollment Ceremony for Opioid Legislation

July 23, 2016: Sweeping Bipartisan Opioid Package Now Law

December 13, 2016: 21st Century Cures Signed into Law

March 1, 2017: Upton Leads Panel Discussion on Opioids at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

March 29, 2017: Upton Applauds Creation of New Commission to Battle Opioid Addiction

April 20, 2017: Upton: ‘Help is on the way’ in Opioid Epidemic Fight

October 26, 2017: Upton Applauds Administration for Declaring Nationwide Public Health Emergency to Address Opioid Crisis

February 16, 2018: Upton, Dingell Introduce Bill to Address Opioid Epidemic, Spur Development of Non-Addictive Pain Medication 

March 22, 2018: Upton Statement on Passage of Omnibus (additional funding to fight the opioid epidemic signed into law). 

April 19, 2018: Upton: Second Round of Grants to Fight Opioid Epidemic on the Way 

April 23, 2018: Upton Video PSA: Prescription Drug Takeback Day is Saturday 

May 9, 2018: Upton-Dingell Opioid Legislation Advances 

June 12, 2018: Upton-Dingell Opioid Legislation Clears U.S. House

June 14, 2018: Upton Votes to Halt Overseas Shipment of Synthetic Opioids

June 22, 2018: Upton, House Advance Major Opioid Crisis Package

August 29, 2018: Upton Announces Two Local Opioid Grants 

September 28, 2018: Upton Champions Groundbreaking Opioids Package 


MLive: Grants issued to fight drug abuse in Kalamazoo, Allegan counties 

MLive: Stryker shows U.S. Rep. Fred Upton devices targeting opioid epidemic

MLive: U.S. Rep. Fred Upton listens to opioid concerns with Kalamazoo panel 

WOOD TV: Upton addresses opioid crisis during Kzoo visit

WDET: Rep. Fred Upton and Rep. Debbie Dingell Team Up to Battle Opioid Addiction

Detroit News: Bill would boost efforts to find opioid alternatives 

House passes sweeping health innovation bill with $1 billion for opioids

Holland Sentinel: Michigan Receives $16M in federal funding to battle opioid addiction

MLive: ‘Help is on the way’ in opioid addiction fight, says Rep. Fred Upton

Detroit News: Anti-opioid abuse bill backed by Upton clears House

Herald Palladium: Trying to get ahead of the opioid crisis

Washington Examiner: Trump hosts GOP lawmakers for meeting on opioid abuse

Holland Sentinel: Congress aims at opioid crisis with legislation to reform treatment, increase funding

WSJM: Upton Testifies About Opioid Epidemic 

WSJM: Upton Calls for Additional Anti-Opioid Funding 

WSBT 22: Local leaders react to President Trump's opioid announcement 


Upton and Dingell in the Detroit Free Press: Prioritize alternatives to addictive painkillers to fight opioid crisis

Upton in the Herald Palladium: Help is on the way in opioid epidemic fight

Upton in the South Bend Tribune: Addressing the opioid crisis

Upton in the Detroit News: We can’t arrest our way out of the opioid epidemic

Upton on Medium: How Congress addressed the opioid crisis

Upton, Bishop, and Trott in the Detroit News: How we’re combating opioid abuse

Upton and Walberg in Morning Consult: Multi-Pronged Apprach Needed in Opioid Fight


Upton recognized by the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose for his bipartisan work to fight opioid epidemic 

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