Congress has included nearly $4 billion in the FY18 spending bill to address the opioid crisis. But a comprehensive strategy is still needed.

WASHINGTON – Shatterproof CEO Gary Mendell issued the following statement after Congress included nearly $4 billion in the FY18 spending bill to address the opioid crisis. The bill funds treatment and prevention programs, critical research, prescription drug monitoring programs and illegal drug enforcement efforts.

“The funding Congress provided will help tackle the crisis, but to truly turn the tide, we need a comprehensive strategy that will save lives. Thousands of Americans whose lives are at risk are desperate for action and our leaders in Washington must move quickly to implement the solutions proven to work. I urge the House and Senate to redouble their efforts to pass important legislation currently working its way through Congress before the August District Work Period, if not sooner.”

About Gary Mendell:

Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. He founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the loss of his son Brian to addiction in 2011. Mr. Mendell 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, providing 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.