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Lt. Gov. Brian Calley's statement regarding federal government's increased focus on combating opioid epidemic

Thursday, March 1, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – Lt. Gov. Brian Calley statement on increased federal focus on combating the opioid epidemic:

“The opioid epidemic is an emergency and needs to be treated as such, which is why I’m pleased that President Trump and his administration are putting so much focus on ways to combat this deadly epidemic in our country. Today’s Opioid Summit at the White House is a great opportunity to work together to strengthen prevention, education and treatment efforts.

“In Michigan, we have taken significant action that is helping save lives and provide more second chances. Our progress includes completely replacing the Michigan Automated Prescription System, which now allows physicians and pharmacists to check a patient’s prescription history in seconds. We made naloxone, the overdose antidote, available without a prescription to those at risk and expanded Michigan’s first responder laws to encourage the reporting of overdoses. We are committed to working together with partners both in Michigan and across the country to end this epidemic once and for all. We applaud President Trump and his administration for making this important issue a priority so that our nation can save more lives and have fewer funerals.”