WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner has been named a new Co-chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus. He will serve in this new role alongside Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Dave Joyce (R-OH).

The Congressional Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus works to educate and raise awareness among lawmakers about addiction prevention, treatment and substance abuse. 

Opioid deaths have surpassed 30,000 for the first time in history, while nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year. Substance abuse costs our nation $600 billion in health care, criminal justice, and lost productivity costs, but that is nothing compared to the toll it takes on our families and friends.  Preventing the further spread of this epidemic is essential to our nation’s complete recovery.  

The Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus aims to stop these devastating trends by bringing awareness to this cause and changing the stigma associated with addiction and mental illness. 

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “The dramatic rise in heroin and opioid addiction is causing devastation in Wisconsin and throughout the United States. It is ruining thousands of lives and destroying entire communities in its wake. I look forward to continuing the fight against addiction through the work of this caucus, and together with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I’m optimistic we can pass serious, common-sense solutions to help every American suffering under the weight of addiction.”