Arizona House of Representatives
Representative Joanne Osborne (R-13)
1700 West Washington l Phoenix, Arizona l 85007
Monday, April 26, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Representative Joanne Osborne Appointed to Serve as NCSL Opioid Policy Fellow
Bipartisan Program to Combat Addiction in Communities
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – State Representative Joanne Osborne (R-13), chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee, announced today her appointment to serve as an Opioid Policy Fellow through a year-long program established with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
The NCSL Opioid Policy Fellows program is designed to support legislators who are experienced or emerging leaders on opioid addiction and overdose issues. Fellows work together in a peer setting to build knowledge about new research, policy and innovations, and to exchange ideas and solutions with other legislative leaders related to opioid misuse and overdose. Fellows connect with leading researchers and policy experts to identify practical information and develop action steps that can be applied in each state.
“Dangerous opioids are often all too accessible in our communities and in some households,” said Representative Osborne. “This contributes to the prevalent abuse and it can affect anyone, especially children and people battling issues with behavioral health or addiction.”
“In our state alone, there have been more than 66,000 suspected overdoses and more than 9,100 deaths over the past four years. Arizona is a leader in the fight against opioid abuse, implementing strong measures, but we cannot let up. I am confident that there is much more that can be done to reduce these tragic cases -- and we must. As a state representative, as a mother, and as an Opioid Policy Fellow, I am absolutely determined with finding effective strategies to reduce addiction, prevent overdoses and deaths, and to raise more awareness about this devastating epidemic impacting our families and communities.”
NCSL’s mission is to advance the effectiveness, independence and integrity of state legislatures, and to foster interstate cooperation and facilitate the exchange of information among them. The 2021 NCSL Opioid Policy Fellows program features an impressive bipartisan roster of 25 legislators representing a cross-section of states in order to draw upon a breadth of experience and knowledge.
Joanne Osborne is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives serving Legislative District 13, home to the growing West, Arizona’s heart of Agriculture, and proud supporters of three military bases.