Claire is committed to doing everything she can to stem the tide of the opioid crisis and save lives.
Claire has repeatedly urged the state legislature in Missouri to create a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), which would help track opioid prescriptions so doctors and pharmacies can ensure people aren’t abusing opioids. But when leaders in Jefferson City failed to act, leaving Missouri as the only state without a PDMP, Claire led the charge in Congress to make sure that local county governments could apply for federal grant money normally reserved for statewide programs. Thanks to Claire’s efforts, fourteen communities in Missouri have been able to start such programs to better track and curb the flow of opioids in their communities.
As the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Claire launched what one news outlet called “the biggest Congressional investigation” into the business practices of opioid manufacturers. Claire’s investigation has already revealed the systematic manipulation of one pharmaceutical company to push their opioids on consumers, and the CEO of the company has been arrested.
Claire has also fought to crack down on the flow of illegal drugs into our country, working with the Department of Homeland Security to better equip border agents, boost security at our ports of entry, and ensure that opioids are not coming over our borders.
Claire has repeatedly expressed her commitment to working with President Trump to combat the opioid crisis. She supports President Trump’s declaration of this crisis as a public health emergency, but continues to push for the federal government to commit additional resources to help expand prevention, recovery, and treatment efforts.
Claire understands that this crisis requires an all-hands-on-deck approach, and she will continue to work with anyone, from either party, to address this crisis.