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Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Representing the 2nd District of Maine

Rep. Poliquin, Bipartisan Heroin Task Force Put Forward Agenda for 2018 to Continue Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

January 10, 2018
Press Release
Poliquin, a founding member of the bipartisan task force, has made combating the opioid epidemic in Maine one of his top priorities

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) and more than 20 Democrats and Republicans from the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, of which he is a founding member, announced their 2018 legislative agenda to continue the fight against the opioid epidemic in Maine and around the nation.


“As someone who grew up in a healthcare family with my mother working as a nurse and having lost my own brother to substance abuse, I understand firsthand the seriousness and horror of this epidemic in Maine,” said Congressman Poliquin. “This is not a partisan issue, and it’s vital we work together as lawmakers from across the aisle and from all different parts of our country to continue our work to address this urgent matter in the days, weeks and months ahead.”


Since being sworn in, Congressman Poliquin has helped pass major legislation like the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act to combat the opioid epidemic in Maine and has held multiple town halls in the 2nd District—in the Bangor and Lewiston-Auburn communities—to provide local resources for addiction and recovery.


Among the different measures the Task Force included in its agenda for 2018 is the CRIB Act, formerly known as the “CRADLE” Act, legislation that Congressman Poliquin has long championed. The bill would help nearly 1,000 babies that are born addicted to drugs in Maine each year by providing medical assistance to pediatric recovery centers to infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome and their families.


The Task Force’s full 2018 agenda is available HERE.


The Bipartisan Heroin Task Force is a congressional body of Democrats and Republicans that was launched in 2015, with the help of Congressman Poliquin as a founding member, with the specific goal of combating the national heroin epidemic.


In addition to the CRIB Act, the Task Force’s 2018 agenda includes other commonsense, bipartisan legislation to address the opioid epidemic by supporting prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement efforts. These proposals include:

  • Jessie’s Law
  • the STOP OD Act
  • the Addiction Recovery Through Family Health Accounts Act
  • the Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act, the Road to Recovery Act
  • the INTERDICT Act
  • the TREAT Act
  • the Synthetic Drug Awareness Act
  • the VA Prescription Data Accountability Act
  • the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act
  • the Improve Addiction Education Act
  • the Opioid Addiction Prevention Act
  • the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act
  • the MONITOR Act
  • the Addiction Recovery for Rural Communities Act