“Ian was my nephew and like a son to me… This is personal”
David came to Congress with the promise to fight addiction and the opioid crisis. Since taking office in 2019, he has been widely recognized as a champion on this issue in Congress.
In early 2019, David formed the Bipartisan Freshman Working Group on Addiction, a working group made up of 60+ freshmen Members of Congress. The group led the charge by drafting numerous pieces of legislation aimed at responding to the crisis. In his second term, David helped form the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, recognizing the strong ties between mental health and substance use. And, in recognition of his commitment to tackling this crisis, Speaker Pelosi appointed David as co-Chair of the National Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking, a group of leaders from across the federal government who ultimately released a report with recommendations on how to curb the flow of synthetic opioids like fentanyl into the United States.
2021 was the worst year on record for opioid overdoses. It’s now estimated that over 1 million Americans have died from a drug overdose. David’s nephew Ian was one of them.
“Ian struggled with addiction for years. We did everything we knew to do — and everything experts told us to do — but it wasn’t enough. After several days of searching, Ian was found dead from an opioid overdose.”
In 2021, over 100,000 Americans died of an opioid overdose.
The statistics in Maryland are even more frightening. We have the 6th highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in the nation.
Overdose deaths in Maryland increased by 20% from 2019 to 2020.
I’m running for reelection because we need leaders in Congress who are serious about tackling this crisis. In the following link, you will find 12 action steps that I will continue to advocate for in Washington. These are just the beginning of what must be done to mount a serious response.
Join me in my fight to end this epidemic.