May 23, 2018

Manchin and Scott Address Opioid Roundtable Hosted by Shatterproof

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Tim Scott (R-SC), co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, addressed attendees at a roundtable hosted by Shatterproof, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families. Senators Manchin and Scott launched the Prescription Drug Abuse Caucus in 2015.

“The opioid epidemic does not discriminate and it has touched every part of our state and country. But no state has been harder hit than West Virginia. Our state is committed to leading the nation in innovative solutions to ensure every family has access to the resources they need to overcome addiction. I thank Senator Scott for his support as we lead the Senate Prescription Drug Caucus and I thank Shatterproof founder and CEO Gary Mendell for continuing to drive the national conversation forward,” said Senator Manchin. 

“We need to counter the opioids epidemic head-on and today’s discussion is exactly what we need to start turning the tide on an addiction that has claimed the lives of too many innocent people,” said Senator Scott. “In South Carolina alone, we have seen a devastating trend where reported deaths from opioid overdoses continue to rise and hundreds of families have had to cope with the loss of a loved one. I am appreciative to have the support of Sen. Manchin as we continue to drive the national conversation on finding innovative strategies to addressing such an urgent issue.”

“It was an honor to join Senator Joe Manchin and Senator Tim Scott today for a candid discussion on the opioid epidemic. They both represent Americans battling addiction and are actively working to find viable solutions. Over 50 bills are currently moving through Congress that can support prevention, treatment and recovery from addiction, and I look forward to working together with lawmakers to help save lives. There is a legislative solution to this problem and Congress must act to help solve it,” said Gary Mendell, Shatterproof founder and CEO.