The opioid crisis is ruining lives across Alabama. It's impacting our neighborhoods and our families -- and it's not a partisan issue. Quite simply, it's a public health crisis.
Our leaders in Montgomery should be working urgently to help local communities take action.
As Governor, I will immediately declare the opioid crisis a statewide public health emergency. This critical step alone will increase coordination among state and local governments, law enforcement, medical professionals, first responders, and community organizations in finding solutions that save lives.
I will propose a one-time funding package that ensures first responders have access to the lifesaving drug Narcan.
Alabamians deserve leadership on this issue. We need a sense of urgency, we need to commit resources to combat this life-threatening epidemic. The clock is ticking, and families are suffering.