BIRMINGHAM, AL (WSFA) - Senator Doug Jones, D-AL, is addressing the growing opioid crisis that is affecting Alabama and the nation.
Friday, the senator hosted an opioid roundtable discussion in Birmingham, which included WSFA 12 News Chief Meteorologist Josh Johnson who shared his own family's struggles following the death of his brother.
Jones discussed how Congress is trying to stop so many people from getting addicted to and abusing dangerous drugs.
"When we have a problem that stems from an abundant supply of legal drugs, legal drugs, that presents challenges for everyone," Jones said, "and it goes to the heart, it goes everywhere. It's not an urban problem. It's not a rural problem. It's a nationwide problem that requires a coordinated effort like this."
Jones is a co-sponsor of the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which has cleared a key hurdle by passing the Senate Help, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee by a unanimous vote.
The legislation contains a provision led by Senators Jones, Tim Kaine (D-Va.). and Todd Young (R-Ind.) to ensure recovery programs provide a pathway back into the workforce.
Senator Jones also supported the omnibus spending bill earlier in 2018, which provided billions of dollars in funding for programs that will help communities turn the tide in the opioids crisis.