Significant Opioid Legislation Passes the House of Representatives
H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, is a bipartisan bill that will help in overall efforts to combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting communities, and bolstering efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl.
Within the overall legislation is H.R. 5041, Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act, authored by Reps. Tim Walberg (RMI) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI), written to reduce the number of unused controlled substances at risk of diversion or misuse by allowing hospice employees to safely dispose of these medications on site after the death of a patient. On June 12, 2018, the House passed H.R. 5041 by a vote of 398-0.
H.R. 6 which combined more than 50 bills approved individually by the House passed 396-14.
The legislation next heads to the Senate, where multiple committees are working on their own package of bills to address the opioid crisis. Staff in both chambers say they expect to reconcile the bills and get something to the President's desk to be signed into law before the end of the year.
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