Congressman Baird Introduces Bill to Combat the Opioid Crisis

June 6, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. Congressman Jim Baird (R-IN) and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) today introduced the EFFORT Act to support research that would identify the root causes of opioid addiction and prevent gaps in treatment.

“The opioid crisis has tragically destroyed the lives of many Hoosiers. This epidemic does not discriminate and continued research is crucial for finding ways to prevent and treat addiction,” said Congressman Baird. “We must use evidence-based policy to ensure the health and well-being of current and future generations.”

“The opioid epidemic has taken a heartbreaking toll on families across America,” said Congresswoman Wexton. “Addiction is an illness, and treating it effectively requires adequate research and funding. By expanding this research, we hope to equip health professionals with new tools to stop the cycle of addiction. I’m extremely proud of this bipartisan effort and look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to pass this important legislation.”

The Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment Act (EFFORT Act) directs the National Science Foundation (NSF), in consultation with the National Institute of Health (NIH), to support merit-reviewed and competitively awarded research on the science of opioid addiction. To view full bill text, please click here.

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Congressman Jim Baird represents Indiana’s 4th Congressional District. A lifelong Hoosier, he serves as a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

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