From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:
ALBUQUERQUE ― During the KOAT debate, an opponent of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s falsely claimed that she voted to take away the DEA’s authority to freeze narcotics shipments.
In fact, Lujan Grisham did not support S483, the bill in question. It was pushed through the U.S. House by Republicans under the suspension of the rules – meaning there was no opportunity to amend or vote on the bill. Lujan Grisham has cosponsored legislation (H.R. 4073) that would reverse the impact of this bill.
As Secretary of the Department of Health, Lujan Grisham worked to pass a good samaritan law, expand access to telehealth and behavioral health services, and brought people together to address this problem.
While at the Department of Health, Lujan Grisham worked to decrease opioid overdose deaths. Between 2005 and 2006, opioid overdose death rates in New Mexico decreased by 8 percent.
In Congress, she is cosponsoring legislation to improve the DEA’s ability to crack down on overprescribing, and she has introduced legislation that will tax prescriptions to fund critical treatment programs.
As governor, Lujan Grisham will immediately work to hold drug companies accountable, expand partnerships between treatment providers, law enforcement, and other groups, and undo the damage to our behavioral health system.