Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi Holds Roundtable Discussion with the DuPage County Heroin/Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Taskforce
WHEATON, IL — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today held a roundtable discussion with the DuPage County Heroin/Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Taskforce at the DuPage County Health Department. DuPage County Board Chair Dan Cronin opening the discussion and introduced Congressman Krishnamoorthi, who discussed his own work on the issue at the local and national levels. Members of the Task Force, including Karen Ayala, Executive Director of the DuPage County Health Department, as well as representatives of law enforcement and drug treatment experts, discussed the Taskforce’s efforts to reduce the demand for opioids while expanding overdose response initiatives and treatment programs.
As Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee’s Health Care Subcommittee and as a member of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, Congressman Krishnamoorthi has proven himself a leader in these efforts to combat the opioid epidemic through supporting legislation to fully fund treatment courts, prevention programs, and efforts to expand access to the lifesaving overdose treatment Narcan for police and other first responders.
“I’m glad I had the chance to meet with the HOPE Task Force today to talk about the best ways to combat the damage caused by heroin and other opioids in our community,” said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “Even though the opioid epidemic is a challenge for the entire country, we have to be ready to address the specific challenges it presents for our community and the answers to solving them. I look forward to continuing to work with the HOPE Taskforce as we combat not just addiction, but also its root causes while helping more people to get clean and stay clean.”