Sen. Dan Sullivan Releases Statement about National Opioid Public Health Emergency

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - US Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) applauded President Trump, who just declared opioid abuse as a public health emergency.

    US Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) applauded President Trump, who just declared opioid abuse as a public health emergency.

    Governor Bill Walker made a similar declaration for Alaska back in February and that mentality has now spread nationwide. Sullivan issued the following statement after the announcement.

    “I want to thank the President for declaring a public health emergency concerning the opioid epidemic,” said Senator Sullivan.

    “I applaud the flexibility and authority granted to federal agencies to address the epidemic, though we cannot effectively combat the crisis without additional funding."

    “I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate and House to provide more resources to the people on the ground, as well as states and local governments who are closer to the people. This crisis affects everyone, either directly or someone they know and love. We need to work together to fight the scourge of addiction."

    “I would also like to thank Governor Bill Walker, who was with me today at the White House, for declaring the opioid crisis a public health disaster in Alaska in February and extending in March.”

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