I am a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the subcommittee with oversight of HHS and its response to the opioid crisis. I support funding for states to combat the opioid crisis and I have also backed legislation funding research into new pain relief treatments so patients can safely recover without the risk of addiction. I have also supported funding that will help our country find cures for cancer and Alzheimer’s. These diseases rob us of our loved ones and we must continue research that will bring us closer to finding life-saving treatments.
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"Hardly a family that you talk to hasn’t had a loved one or someone they know of been affected by this," says Congressman John Moolenaar, who was at the drug take back in Freeland.
"With respect to opioids it's important, we've been working on legislation that is doing research, is funding research for non-addictive pain medicines, I think that's an important thing to develop new technologies that help people without forming those kinds of addictions," Moolenaar said.
"It’s encouraging to see commitment to high quality medicine, It’s a very complex area with different needs for different patients this is a group that’s committed to serving their patients in a way that is safe and good quality and cost effective," said Moolenaar.