Congressman Aderholt Annouces Opioid Recovery Funding in 4th District
For Immediate Release: April 1, 2021
Haleyville, Ala. — Today, Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) released the following statement concerning the $355,858 he worked to secure for the Will Bright Foundation, which is dedicated to helping people recover from opioid abuse. The announcement from the Appalachian Rural Commission is attached.
ALSO: Many of you covered our opioid roundtable back in March of 2019. This announcement today, as you will read below, is directly tied to that event.
“While it has taken a backseat in the headlines because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the opioid epidemic continues across the 4th Congressional District and across Alabama. Congress specifically allocated these funds, which are being administered by the Appalachian Rural Commission (ARC), to fight the scourge of opioid abuse because Appalachia is the region hit hardest by this epidemic.”
“In March of 2019, in partnership with the ARC, I hosted an opioid roundtable discussion at Northwest Shoals Community College. At this meeting, I introduced Lisa Bright to officials from ARC. They were impressed with her efforts, and the foundation she and her husband Bill created in their son’s memory, the Will Bright Foundation. The foundation helps individuals bridge the gap between addiction and taking the next steps beyond recovery, such as finding employment. This meeting led directly to the announcement today that the Will Bright Foundation, in partnership with the University of Alabama, will receive more than $500,000 from ARC and local partners to help its efforts in and around Fayette County to expand and enhance their recovery and worker training program for individuals coming out of opioid addiction. This has been a missing link for both employers in the region as well as those in recovery.
“I’m proud to have played a role in securing these funds for such an important cause. I’ve made a goal of my time in Congress to work to protect the most vulnerable among us. This includes those who have fallen into the downward spiral of opioid abuse. I know that Lisa and the Will Bright Foundation will use these funds to help many people recovering from opioid addiction as well as employers who need reliable workers.”