Rep. Blum Votes and Hosts Event to Address Opioid Epidemic
After joining his Democrat and Republican colleagues to pass 60 opioid drug bills these past few weeks, Congressman Blum is planning an event for First District constituents to contribute to finding a solution to the opioid drug crisis.
The bills to address the opioid epidemic focus on encouraging non-addictive alternatives for treating pain, improving data to help at-risk patients, addressing the problem of over-prescribing, and enhancing the monitoring of prescription drugs.
In addition to the legislative solutions being negotiated in Washington, D.C., Congressman Blum will be hosting an Opioid Drug Conference on July 9th, 2018 at the NICC Town Clock Business Center (700 Main Street, Dubuque, IA) from 4:30pm to 6:30PM. The event will feature Jeffery Stamm, Executive Director of the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Former DEA Agent, and Author of “On Dope” and a panel including healthcare workers and law enforcement.
Congressman Blum commented, “In addition to the millions of Americans dealing with an ongoing opioid addiction, there were 314 deaths in the state of Iowa caused by opioid overdose in 2016. I have worked with my Democrat and Republican colleagues in Washington, D.C. to pass legislation to address what can be helped from the federal level. Still, there is more that we can do, and I will be hosting an Opioid Drug Conference on July 9th to identify potential solutions and discuss the issue on a community level.”
To RSVP for the Opioid Drug Summit, visit: www.blum.house.gov/ConferenceRSVP