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Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-2) Secures Proposal in House Budget to Help Combat the Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON D.C. – Yesterday, the House Budget Committee passed the budget out of committee for Fiscal Year 2017. The Republican Budget includes a proposed item from Congressman Alex X. Mooney that makes combating opioid abuse a high priority in Congress.

“I am proud to announce that language I submitted to the Budget Committee to help combat the opioid epidemic will be included in the Fiscal Year 2017 House Republican budget. This language will add much needed congressional support to ongoing efforts in battling the opioid epidemic that is ravaging our country and my state of West Virginia,” said Rep. Alex X. Mooney.

“Sixty-one percent of all drug overdose deaths in the United States were related to opioids in 2014. This statistic is even more meaningful to West Virginia because my state holds the highest overdose rate in the country. This is a bipartisan issue that affects all regardless of age, gender, race, or socio-economic background. The language that I had put into the budget urges members of both parties to work together to find ways to fight back against the drug epidemic.”

For more information on Congressman Mooney’s language that was included in the Budget click here.

Alex X. Mooney represents West Virginia’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the Budget and Natural Resources Committees.