First Sixth District Opioid Summit Held Tuesday
The first Sixth District summit focused on combatting the opioid epidemic, titled “Understanding The Opioid Epidemic: Data, Prevention & Treatment Resources,” was held at Dunwoody City Hall this Tuesday.
The event brought together government officials, industry professionals, and community leaders to develop a shared understanding of the epidemic. During the summit, my guests and I examined existing data, available resources, and gaps in addiction treatment and prevention in Georgia’s Sixth District.
In 2016, more than 63,000 Americans died of a drug overdose. That same year, opioid-involved overdoses in Georgia accounted for 2,435 emergency room visits, 1,709 hospitalizations, and 929 deaths. But Congress has been working to address this crisis.
Recently, the House of Representatives has prioritized implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act and appropriated funds specifically intended to fight the opioid epidemic in the budget agreement signed into law earlier this year. These measures fund and treat substance abuse in our communities while investing in law enforcement’s ability to track down and prosecute those who distribute drugs illegally.
According to the Atlanta Regional Commission:
- The death rate for opioid-related overdoses in metro Atlanta is higher than that of the state of Georgia as a whole.
- Cobb County has experienced a dramatic increase in prescription opioid deaths, rising from 8 in 2013 to 61 in 2016 - the most in the 10-county region. Fulton County had the second-highest such number last year.
Obviously, more must be done. And I am committed to working to solve this epidemic as your Representative in Congress.
Celebrating National Small Business Week
Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create roughly two of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of National Small Business Week, I spent the week visiting successful entrepreneurs and small businesses across the Sixth District.
Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, business owners are experiencing historically high business conditions and expected sales, according to a recent survey by the National Federation for Independent Businesses.