May 13, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed 18 bills to ensure that Americans have the resources they need to fight the nationwide opioid epidemic.  This public health crisis affects Americans from all walks of life, at all ages, in all communities, and the bills we passed address the opioid epidemic effects on all Americans from veterans to newborns.  These pieces of legislation will now be combined with the Senate-approved Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016.


“Across the United States we are faced with a substance abuse epidemic that results in overdoses, addiction, and for too many, death,” said Representative Mimi Walters (CA-45).  “This week, the House passed 18 bills to help people suffering from addiction reclaim and rebuild their lives.  We are increasing the transparency and accountability of government programs and strengthening our nation’s laws to help stop the flow of illicit drugs throughout the United States, which will help curb our growing opioid epidemic.  I am confident the House and Senate will quickly reach an agreement to enact this vital legislation into law.  I am proud to be a part of the work Congress is doing on this issue.”


“We are on the front lines of an opioid epidemic that is crippling communities across America,” said Natalie Costa, Executive Producer of Behind the Orange Curtain, a documentary about opioid abuse in Orange County.  “It is time to take serious action to ensure that help and assistance is there for those that need care and that guidelines are in place to stop the criminal activity that feeds this epidemic.  Representative Walters understands the magnitude of this epidemic.  Years ago, she was at the forefront of this issue when she gathered the community at town hall meetings in Orange County to address this deadly epidemic.”


On Thursday, Representative Walters spoke on the House floor in favor of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act, which passed the House by a vote of 413-5.  She also authored an op-ed about the nationwide opioid epidemic. 


Walters represents California’s 45th District and serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Judiciary Committees.