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Block, Report, and Suspend Suspicious Shipments Act of 2020

Floor Speech

Date: Nov. 17, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. McKINLEY. Madam Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 3878. While Congress has understandably been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid epidemic has not gone away. In fact, across the nation overdose deaths are up 13 percent from this time last year.

In West Virginia, nearly twice as many people have died from drug abuse than from COVID.

Last Congress, the Energy and Commerce Committee conducted an investigation that found massive evidence of pill dumping. One example in the report was that nearly 9 million pills were distributed in just two years to a single pharmacy in West Virginia. Finally, two years later we're passing legislation that would help address the problem.

I am proud to work with Mrs. Dingell on this nonpartisan bill. The Block, Report, and Suspend Suspicious Shipments Act would require drug wholesalers and manufacturers to report and stop unusually large orders. We are hopeful this bill will be another positive step in addressing America's opioid epidemic.

I urge my colleagues to support the passage of H.R. 3878.

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