Our country's opioid epidemic is spiraling out of control, now averaging ninety-one deaths per day due to drug overdose--a public health crisis that has gone unchecked for far too long. As an outspoken advocate against Big Pharma's efforts to influence policy and mislead the medical community and patients about the dangers of opioid addiction and dependency, Tulsi Gabbard is at the helm of a movement that has had enough.

Far from afraid to highlight the absurdity of inappropriate quid-pro-quo relationships predicated on pay-for-play schemes deeply embedded within our own Congress, Tulsi Gabbard released a statement following a joint investigation conducted by the Washington Post and CBS' 60 Minutes that exposes the drug industry's "pervasive highjacking" of our government as the sole proprietor of legislation responsible for the epidemic.

Acutely aware of the established history of corruption between pharmaceutical giants and our federal government, Tulsi Gabbard didn't hide her indignation for the sycophantic nature of their relationship, stating, "These giant pharmaceutical companies must be prosecuted and held accountable for the deaths and lives that have been ruined as a result of their greed and lies."

It doesn't take much digging to uncover the unholy alliances between the drug industry and Congress that directly undermine efforts like Tulsi Gabbard's to bring attention to this avalanche of an issue. The congresswoman called out 2016 legislation to weaken the DEA and urged Congress to join her efforts to repeal it. Without sweeping legislation to address the collusion between Congress and the pharmaceutical giants, opioids will continue to flood our streets and ruin more lives.

Tulsi Gabbard has also cosponsored legislation like the STOP Opiate Drugs Act (H.R.664) to help state and local governments raise awareness of the dangers of opioids like fentanyl, oxycodone, and heroin, expand educational efforts to prevent opiate abuse, and promote treatment and prevention. Gabbard also voted to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (S.524), which was signed into law in July 2016.