Your Voice, Your Vote: Walden's committee holding hearings on opioid crisis
PORTLAND, Ore. —
Oregon’s U.S. Rep. Greg Walden is leading a push to stop the opioid crisis.
Walden chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is hearing two days of testimony on the topic.
One of his immediate goals is to improve information sharing.
He says a lack of communication is keeping federal resources from reaching Oregon communities.
"Let's create a national dashboard. Heaven's sakes, you know? You think about all the things you can do online that are streamlined and bring you all this great information. We oughta be able to do that with federal resources, so our local communities can take advantage of this and save lives," he said.
As for President Donald Trump’s idea of using the death penalty for drug offenses, Walden points out that’s already an option for prosecutors in some cases.
He says his committee is focusing on information and addiction treatment.
Walden had a lot more to say about the opioid epidemic on Sunday's edition of Your Voice, Your Vote: