Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Rural America

The opioid epidemic has swept across every inch of the country. We are in the midst of a crisis that has proven to be especially devastating for rural communities like those in Eastern Washington. I often think about Milli from Republic who was only 23 when she died of fentanyl poisoning in 2020. 

Sadly, Milli is not alone. Last year, nearly 100,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. Congress needed to take action to turn the tide on this crisis, and that’s exactly what we did last week when we passed the Rural Opioid Abuse Prevention Act. This important legislation will make sure rural areas have access to the same resources larger cities may have in order to fight back against the opioid epidemic and combat this deadly surge. 

Specifically, this legislation will fill gaps in prevention, treatment, and recovery services for individuals in rural areas with funding for local governments and organizations that serve rural communities heavily impacted by opioid addiction and abuse. 

This bipartisan bill will help the most vulnerable in our rural Eastern Washington communities recover from addiction and provide our first responders with the support they need to save lives. I’m glad my colleagues in both the House and the Senate came together to pass this legislation, and I look forward to President Biden signing it into law. 

CLICK HERE to read the bill.

Recent Posts


Jun 18, 2024
Press

McMorris Rodgers Responds to Biden Administration’s Sham Report on Columbia River System

Spokane, Wash. – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement after the Department of the Interior published a report today on the “Historic and Ongoing Impacts of Federal Dams on the Columbia River Basin Tribes.” “This bad faith report is just the latest in a long list of examples that prove […]



Jun 14, 2024
Press

McMorris Rodgers Statement Remembering George Nethercutt

Washington, D.C. – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement honoring former U.S. Representative George Nethercutt, who passed away today. “My heart is sad. George Nethercutt was a giant amongst men who served the people of Eastern Washington with honor and patriotism for a decade. George was a man of character […]



Jun 14, 2024
Press

House Approves McMorris Rodgers Priorities, Pay Raise For Troops in Annual Defense Package

Washington, D.C. –  Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the FY25 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included two provisions she wrote and a number of wins for servicemembers in Eastern Washington: “This year’s National Defense Authorization Act is a critical investment that […]