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Statement from Pete Stauber, candidate for U.S. Congress from Minnesota’s 8th District, regarding President Trump’s declaration of a Nationwide Public Health Emergency

(Hermantown, Minn.) – “As a 22-year veteran of the Duluth Police Department, I saw firsthand the destruction opioid abuse has caused in our communities as well as in the families who have experienced it. The effects of drug addiction extend beyond the user and impact all levels of our society.

“I am pleased that President Trump has declared this a Nationwide Public Health Emergency and has mobilized his Administration to address the crisis directly. I support the efforts to combat drug abuse and expand resources to those who need help the most in the fight against opioid addiction.

“Those oppressed by addiction deserve a second chance at a prosperous and healthy life. As a current St. Louis County Commissioner, I have and will continue to support these initiatives. When elected to Congress I will continue to search for best practices, including preventative measures, in stopping and reducing opioid addiction in Northern Minnesota and across the nation.”

Pete Stauber grew up in Duluth and graduated from Denfeld High School before captaining Lake Superior State University to a Division I national hockey championship in 1988. He played in the Detroit Red Wings organization for three years, then was a Duluth police officer for 22 years before retiring in July 2017. Stauber is currently in his second term as a St. Louis County Commissioner. His wife, Jodi, is an Iraq War veteran and retired from the 148th Fighter Wing as its first female Command Chief. They have four children and reside in Hermantown.

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