“I thank my colleagues for their important work to advance this critical package through the House. Communities in my district continue to struggle under the weight of this devastating epidemic, and this comprehensive package delivers important support to prevent addiction, encourage treatment and recovery, as well as initiatives that will keep our communities safe."
"I am thrilled to see my common-sense POPPY Study Act pass the House today. Across the country, women have been disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic and little is known about the effect this has had on pregnant women,” Curtis said. “Health care experts, providers, and patients agree: there is simply too much we don’t know about why pregnant women are being prescribed opioids and what possible alternatives might provide better health outcomes for mothers and their newborn children. Read More -->
"The opioid epidemic is affecting Americans across the country, stealing parents, children, siblings, and other loved ones from their families. There is still much we do not know about the short and long-term impact of opioid abuse on pregnant women and their unborn children. I am glad to support this legislation that will provide for further research on opioid prescribing practices, use, and treatment for pregnant women.”
“The past two weeks, the House continued its fight against the opioid epidemic by passing over four dozen bills that create solutions for this situation,” said Faso. “We need to do all we can to empower local officials and private organizations to fight this crisis on the ground, along with creating national standards like the STOP Act. These two weeks were another positive step forward in a situation that will need further attention from local, state, and the federal government.”
"Fighting back against the opioid requires a clear and bipartisan approach that responds to the real-world concerns expressed by local lawmakers, community leaders and healthcare professionals across the country. Today, the House acted and passed my bipartisan bill to ensure that our medical professionals possess the latest tools for preventing prescription abuse, including non-opioid pain management."
“We are facing a crisis that has pervaded nearly every community across our nation. More than 1,100 Washingtonians died of an opioid overdose in 2016. It’s disturbing to see these numbers steadily increase and continue to hear the heartbreaking stories of those who have suffered or lost their lives,” Jaime said. “Over these last two weeks, I’ve worked with my colleagues in the U.S. House to combat the opioid epidemic by putting resources where they will have the greatest positive impact: into our communities that are fighting this crisis every day.”
The SUPPORT Act
The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, includes reforms to Medicaid, Medicare and public health initiatives to help combat the opioid crisis in our communities.
By helping advance treatment, expand access to treatment for vulnerable populations, improve prevention, aid recovery and protect against synthetic drugs like fentanyl, the legislation passed will help protect our communities and those who are struggling with addiction.
The opioid crisis is wreaking havoc on families and communities all across America. Hundreds of thousands of American lives have been cut short by prescription drug abuse. That is why House Republicans have made combating this crisis a top priority. Read more at opioidcrisis.gop.
Find out more about what Congress is doing to combat the opioid epidemic by visiting opioidcrisis.gop or text CRISIS to 50589.