Marti selected as one of 25 in national opioid fellowship

11/5/2019 2:30:00 PM

Contact: State Rep. T.J. Marti
Phone: (405) 557-7357

State Rep. T.J. Marti (R-Broken Arrow) was named Thursday as one of 25 state legislators nationwide named among the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)’s Opioid Policy Fellows. The goal of the program is to build knowledge about new research and policy among state legislators.

Marti serves as the vice-chair of the House Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee on Health. He is also a member of the Insurance, Health Services & Long-Term Care and Utilities Committees.

"As a pharmacist since 2006, I’ve witnessed the opioid crisis firsthand,” Marti said. “I’ve observed what can happen to patients if their pain management program is not developed and carried out responsibly by all stakeholders involved. There are highly complex socioeconomic dynamics at play, and they deserve equally complex solutions. What's crucial is to ensure that patients are offered non-addictive alternatives to deal with pain in a responsible manner. I've worked on this issue and provided meaningful solutions throughout my professional career and hope to bring my applied expertise to the cohort of legislators. I feel that the more I can collaborate on healthcare policy with legislators from other states, the more I can help to impact quality healthcare legislation in Oklahoma.”

Marti’s first meeting will be held in Austin, TX, in January 2020.

The NCSL is a bipartisan non-governmental organization established in 1975. They provide states and state legislators with the tools, information and resources to craft the best solutions to difficult problems.