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Battling Opioids

Since 2015, Congressman Fred Upton has 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.

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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


USA TODAY: 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 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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