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Dick Durbin's Public Statements on Issue: Drugs

Office: U.S. Senate (IL) - Sr, Democratic Assistant Minority Leader (Minority Whip)
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Dec. 12, 2017 Tweet - "Between 1993 & 2015, DEA allowed production of oxycodone to increase 39-fold and hydrocodone to increase 12-fold. With higher quotas, opioid prescriptions soared -- from 76 million in 1991 to 245 million in 2014 -- and overdose deaths quadrupled to more than 33,000 in 2015."
Dec. 6, 2017 Tweet - "More than 91 Americans die every day from our nation's opioid crisis. Last year, the US Surgeon General sent these @CDCgov guidelines on responsible opioid prescribing to every doctor in the country."
Nov. 3, 2017 Tweet - Glad to join #SmartDecar17 at @UChicagoSSA today to discuss ways to break the cycle of recidivism and end mass incarceration
Nov. 3, 2017 Durbin Statement On Trump's Opioid Commission Recommendations
Oct. 20, 2017 Letter to Eric Hargan, Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services, Robert Patterson, Acting Administrator of Drug Enforcement Administration - Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act
Oct. 19, 2017 Durbin Backs Fix To Bill That Weakened DEA Opioid Oversight
Sept. 28, 2017 Durbin, Colleagues Introduce Legislation To Ensure Transparency & Accountability In DEA Quotas For Prescription Opioid Painkillers
Aug. 29, 2017 Following Announcement Of National Opioid Emergency, Durbin And Bipartisan Sponsors Of Medicaid Care Act Press Trump To Heed Own Commission's Recommendations And Expand Access To Substance Abuse Treatment Under Medicaid
Aug. 4, 2017 Durbin Applauds DEA For Lowering Opioid Quotas For Second Year In A Row
Aug. 4, 2017 Letter to the Honorable Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of Food and Drug Administration - FDA Tobacco Regulations
Aug. 3, 2017 Durbin Presses DEA Administrator To Lower 2018 Opioid Quotas
July 11, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration - Senators Urge DEA to Lower Opioid Quotas to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse
June 12, 2017 Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $324,000 In Federal Funding For Cook County Drug Court Program
May 26, 2017 Durbin: Trumpcare Would Inflame Opioid Crisis In DuPage County
May 24, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Donald J. Trump, President - Delay Visit of Filipino Leader, Denounce Human Rights Abuses
May 17, 2017 Letter to the Honorable Roy Blunt and Patty Murray, Chairman and Ranking Member of Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, and Education, and the Honorable Thad Cochran and Patrick Leahy, Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Senate Appropriations Committee - Increase Funding to Combat Opioid Epidemic
May 17, 2017 Durbin, Portman, Brown, Capito, King, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Expand Access To Substance Abuse Treatment Under Medicaid
May 12, 2017 Durbin Statement On AG Sessions Move To Force Needlessly Harsh Prison Sentences For Nonviolent Drug Offenses
May 9, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget - Fully Fund Office of National Drug Control Policy
May 4, 2017 Durbin Announces Illinois Health, Science, And Research Priorities Included In Omnibus Appropriations Bill
April 21, 2017 Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $16 Million In Federal Funding To Combat Opioid Addiction Epidemic In Illinois
March 29, 2017 As Health Care Debate Shifts, Senator Franken and Senate Colleagues Lead Milestone Effort to Bring Down Prescription Drug Prices
Feb. 22, 2017 Durbin Encourages Illinois Medical And Dental Schools To Partner With DEA On Opioid Prescription Training
Jan. 30, 2017 Durbin Hears From Addiction And Mental Health Providers On Impact Of Repealing The ACA
Jan. 17, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Chuck Rosenberg - Regarding Query on Enforcement Efforts Against Wholesale Opioid Distributors
Oct. 28, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General and the Hon. Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator, DEA - Efforts Against Wholesale Opioid Distributors
Oct. 28, 2016 Durbin, Markey Call On DEA, Justice Dept To Explain Reduction Of Enforcement Efforts Against Wholesale Opioid Distributors
Oct. 13, 2016 Durbin, Schakowsky Call For Congressional Action On Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Costs
Oct. 5, 2016 Durbin, Senators Praise Dea Decision To Lower Opioid Quotas
Oct. 5, 2016 King, Colleagues Praise DEA Decision to Lower Opioid Quotas
Oct. 4, 2016 Letter to Todd Smith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nouva Pharma - Drug Prices
Sept. 21, 2016 Dixon Police Department Safe Passage Initiative
Aug. 30, 2016 Letter to Ms. Heather Bresch, Chief Executive Officer of Mylan - Concerns About Mylan's EpiPen Price HIke
Aug. 2, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Urging CMS to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Coverage
July 20, 2016 Durbin Discusses Initiatives to Combat Heroin and Prescription Opioid Epidemic
July 19, 2016 Letter to Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator, United States Drug Enforcement Administration - Stricter Opioid Laws
July 19, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator, United States Drug Enforcement Administration - Calling for Stricter Limits on Opioid Pills
July 14, 2016 Letter to Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the United States Senate - As Congress Clears Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Bill, Reed Calls for Emergency Funding for Opioid Epidemic
July 13, 2016 Durbin: We Need a Forceful Response to the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic
July 13, 2016 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016--Conference Report
July 13, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Mitch McConnell. Majority Leader, United States Senate - Commit to Passing Real, Immediate Funding to Fight Opioid and Heroin Epidemic and Actually Carry Out Programs Authorized in CARA Bill
June 16, 2016 Durbin Introduces Legislation to Prevent Prescription Opioid Addiction
June 10, 2016 Durbin Announces New Bill to Combat Opioid Epidemic
June 9, 2016 Durbin: Senate Committee Approves Study of One-Size-Fits-All Cancer Medication that Costs Patients & Taxpayers Billions
June 1, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services - Urging DHHS to Increase Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment
May 20, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Daniel Levinson, Inspector General of the Dept. of Health and Human Services - Conduct Study to Determine Amount of Federak Waste From One-Size-Fits-All Drug Vials
May 12, 2016 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016
May 11, 2016 Durbin Calls On Nation's Medical Community To Curb Over Prescription Of Opioids
May 6, 2016 Durbin Discusses Initiatives To Address Opioid Crisis With DuPage County Leaders
April 28, 2016 Grassley-Durbin Sentencing Reform & Corrections Act Expands Bipartisan Support
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