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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson: "We Are in the Throes of an Epidemic"

February 11, 2016
Press Release
Calls for Action on Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

Washington – On Wednesday, February 10, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) spoke with Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about the growing heroin and opioid epidemic in Connecticut and across the country.

“We in the New England delegation know too well the need for immediate, emergency funding to stop the tragic loss of lives across the region,” said Larson. “Those on the frontlines of this epidemic need our support to make sure anyone who wants help fighting their addiction can receive it. We are in the throes of an epidemic. Families are being torn apart, and we must take every step to ensure no one else loses their life or a loved one to the horrors of addiction.”

Rep. Larson speaks at a Ways & Means Committee hearing.
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Larson previously joined Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02) in calling for emergency funding to improve existing treatment and prevention programs. Additionally, Larson will host a screening of HBO Documentary Films Heroin: Cape Cod USA on Monday, February 15th from 5:00 – 7:30 PM at Goodwin College in East Hartford. Following the film, Larson will join community leaders, healthcare professionals, and first responders to discuss how we can combat this growing epidemic