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Kustoff Hosts Opioid Roundtable with Local Leaders

August 7, 2019
Press Release

MEMPHIS, TN—Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08) hosted an opioid roundtable with U.S Attorney-Mike Dunavant, Pharmacist-Jason Kizer, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Director-Brian Chambers, District Attorney for the 25th Judicial District-Mark Davidson, and Drug Task Force for the 25th Judicial District- John Thompson. They discussed community and law enforcement resources to help combat the opioid epidemic, the role of doctors and pharmacists and how they can help their patients, and new non-opioid related medication for people in hospitals experiencing pain.

“In 2017 in Tennessee, there were 1,269 overdose related deaths--a rate of 19.3 deaths per 100,000 people. The national rate is 14.6 deaths per 100,000 people. That statistic is simply devastating and we owe it to our families and loved ones to take stronger action to fight back against this plague,” said Rep. Kustoff. “During this opioid roundtable, we discussed new ideas to better combat the opioid crisis and learned what methods are truly effective.  If we want to make inroads towards ending this urgent public health crisis, these conversations must continue and ideas must be implemented.”

In Congress, Congressman Kustoff is leading the fight against this crisis. He recently re-introduced the Substance Tableting and Encapsulating Enforcement and Registration (STEER) Act. This bill will combat the opioid crisis by cracking down on counterfeit pill makers.