House Just Passed Largest Bill EVER To Confront Opioid Crisis

Congressional members have put their differences aside and joined together to pass the largest bill yet to combat the still ongoing opioid crisis.

H.R. 6, or the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, is among over 50 bills the House of Representatives has passed to confront the crisis. H.R. 6 passed with 396 votes to 14.

As the House Energy and Commerce Committee reports, “This effort follows the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act last Congress, as well as the $4 billion appropriated in the omnibus earlier this year. Taken together, this is the most significant congressional effort against a single drug crisis in history.”

Per the website, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act “will help in our overall efforts to combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting our communities, and bolstering our efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl.”

And, “The underlying text of H.R. 6 includes several Medicaid, Medicare, and public health reforms to help combat the opioid crisis, which were advanced through regular order by the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees.”

While much of the bill is agreed to by members on both sides of the aisle, funding for some exploratory research and other experimental treatment has raised some controversy.

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As the committee reports, more than 100 people die everyday as a result of opioid overdoses and subsequent complications.

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