The U.S. House of Representatives passed three proposals as part of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force’s 2020 legislative agenda.
The bills authorize grants to states and tribal organizations to increase access to prevention, treatment and recovery for opioid use disorder, revise regulations to allow practitioners to more easily treat patients dealing with acute withdrawal symptoms and require drug manufacturers and distributors to stop suspicious shipments of controlled substances.
“Pennsylvania has been overwhelmed by the opioid epidemic, and we need to work together to ensure that more Americans can receive life-saving care,” said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-1st dist.), co-chairman of the task force. “All three of these bills were key parts of the task force’s 2020 legislative agenda and will help those struggling with addiction and make it easier for patients to receive treatment. Our constituents need treatment for addiction, and I will continue to fight on their behalf.”