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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

New Report Highlights Need for Strong Response to Growing Addiction Crisis

Dec 6, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke on the House Floor about the Surgeon General’s new report, which further highlights the need for Congress to take immediate and substantive action to combat the growing addiction crisis in our country.

Below is a video and transcript of the speech.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commend the Surgeon General’s new report titled Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.

In 2015, over 27 million Americans reported current use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs. 

That means more people use prescription opioids than use tobacco and there are more people struggling with substance abuse disorders than people with cancer.

Substance misuse and substance use disorders cost the U.S. more than $442 billion annually in crime, health care, and lost productivity— almost twice as high as the costs associated with diabetes.

We in Congress have a responsibility to utilize this report and mobilize around its deeply scientific and evidenced-based findings to find the best policy solutions that affects all of our constituents in districts across the country. 

Addiction does not discriminate. It affects Americans from every walk of life, regardless of race, class, gender, religion or geographic location. Now is the time to face the addiction crisis head on.