WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congress is debating the 21st Century Cures Act, a bipartisan bill that would increase funding for medical research and also includes $1 billion to fund opioid treatment and prevention programs.

Shatterproof strongly supports the bill. Founder and CEO Gary Mendell released the following statement:

“With this bill, Congress is finally showing it understands the true magnitude of the opioid crisis. It could save thousands of lives by reducing the supply of addictive painkillers and expanding access to treatment for the millions of Americans who need it. Congress must pass it and the president must sign it before the end of the year.

“Still, it’s important that lawmakers realize this is just one step toward a comprehensive solution. More money will be needed in the years ahead to reduce the devastation of a disease that is killing more than 30,000 Americans every year. President-elect Trump and the new Congress must make this issue a priority when he takes office.”

Mr. Mendell is available for on-the-record or background interviews.

About Gary Mendell:

Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. Mr. Mendell founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the loss of his son Brian to addiction in 2011. Gary is an experienced businessman and CEO, who founded HEI Hotels & Resorts and is the former president of Starwood Lodging Trust.

About Shatterproof:

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. Shatterproof works to end the stigma and foster a community of support for families. Shatterproof provides families with evidence-based resources to support prevention, treatment and recovery. Shatterproof advocates for changes in policy at the federal and state level and supports the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance-use disorders.

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