Faso Supports Comprehensive Opioids Package

Press Release

Date: Sept. 28, 2018
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Drugs

Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today voted in support of the House-Senate compromise agreement of H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a comprehensive bill aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic. This package passed the House today by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 393 to 8. The Senate will have to vote on passage next before the bill is sent to the President to be enacted into law.

This proposal includes dozens of measures previously voted on in the House and focuses on combating the opioid epidemic through treatment and recovery, prevention, heightening the safety of our communities, and fighting the increasingly popular synthetic opioids.

This bipartisan package includes two proposals championed by Congressman Faso in the House--H.R. 5788, Securing the International Mail Against Opioids Act (STOP Act) and H.R. 5685, the Medicare Opioid Safety Education Act. Both bills passed the House with wide bipartisan support in June 2018.

"This comprehensive package is the result of a bipartisan and bicameral effort to provide the resources law enforcement, medical professionals, and private organizations need to address this growing and deadly opioid epidemic in communities across New York and throughout the nation," said Faso. "The passage of this legislation marks critical progress in our nation's effort to aggressively address this crisis, and I am pleased that it included priorities I have been working on including the STOP Act to ensure our law enforcement have the tools they need to help prevent deadly fentanyl from getting into our country."

Background

H.R. 5788 would aid in preventing the shipment of synthetic opioids into the United States through the international mail by implementing a new system to gather and act on advanced tracking data that would flag packages susceptible to include synthetic opioids. Read more about the STOP Act here.

H.R. 5685 would substantially improve opioid educational materials in the "Medicare & You' informational booklet by adding available opioid alternatives and additional educational information. Learn more about this bill here.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were over 72,000 overdose deaths in 2017. Of that number, 30,000 deaths are attributed to synthetic opioids, nearly 16,000 to Heroin, and almost 15,000 to natural or semi-synthetic opioids.


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