DANBURY, Conn. -- The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published comprehensive new guidelines for prescribing opioids, and U.S. Rep Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District) commended that action.
"The best way to combat the opioid epidemic is to prevent people from becoming addicted to opioids in the first place. The CDC's guidelines give physicians and patients additional tools to better manage pain and to minimize the risk of opioid addiction," Esty said. "Patient education, alternative pain management and early detection of opioid addiction are crucial elements of our nationwide addiction prevention strategy, and I applaud the CDC for their work to bring an end to this epidemic.
"I call on my colleagues in Congress to pass a budget that provides the CDC with the funding it needs to continue to help folks in Connecticut and throughout the nation prevent addiction and save lives."
Earlier this month, Esty introduced the Prevent Drug Addiction Act of 2016, which, similar to the CDC's opioid prescribing guidelines, would fight the opioid and heroin crisis by focusing on strategies to prevent individuals from becoming addicted.
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, a bipartisan bill that Esty cosponsored. The Act would provide badly-needed resources for opioid and heroin addiction treatment and recovery programs. A piece of Esty's Prevent Drug Addiction Act is included in the legislation that the Senate passed.
Esty serves on the Congressional Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic. The full "CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain" is available here.
She represents the 5th Congressional District, which includes Danbury, Bethel, Newtown, Sherman, New Fairfield and Brookfield as well as most of northwestern Connecticut.
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