Last week, the House passed H.R. 6, the “Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act.” This bill, which now heads to the Senate for consideration, takes steps toward combatting the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting communities, and bolstering efforts to combat illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl. Learn more here.
“The impacts of the opioid crisis reach every community across the nation, and today Congress took major action to fight back,” said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX). “Eight committees in the House, including the Ways and Means Committee, put forward bipartisan proposals to help the families and communities we represent. In particular, H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, puts in place many common-sense measures to reduce the unnecessary prescription of opioids and to assist those who’ve become addicted.”
“Over the last two weeks, the House has passed over 70 pieces of bipartisan legislation that will improve addiction treatment, encourage pain management alternatives, enhance prescription monitoring programs, and crack down on foreign shipments of illicit drugs,” continued Brady. “Every one of our 40 members on the Ways and Means Committee had a hand in the proposals that we are sending to the Senate. I applaud them for their commitment to combating this crisis. While we still have a long way to go, this legislation makes meaningful strides to help millions of Americans and starts the recovery from this terrible epidemic.”
Resources For You
Visit NFDA's opioid resource page for funeral professionals, www.nfda.org/opioid.