Stephanie Murphy Intros Bill to Combat Opioid Crisis
Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL)introduced a bipartisan bill to combat the opioid epidemic that she says strengthens prevention, improves treatment, and supports law enforcement efforts. The Opioid Emergency Response Act includes provisions to improve access to treatment, invest in life-saving research, and crack down on synthetic drugs and the criminals who supply them. Specifically, the bill aims to reduce opioid use in hospital emergency departments by incentivizing the use of non-opioid alternatives to ease pain in patients. The legislation, introduced with Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL), also calls for federal grants to states to help them improve access to treatment among other things. According to the latest estimates, more than 175 Americans now die each day -- and more than 60,000 die every year -- as a result of opioid overdoses. “Our nation ... is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, and we must act swiftly and decisively to prevent the crisis from destroying more lives and tearing more communities apart,” said Murphy, a member of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force. “I’m proud to work with Congressman Buchanan to propose bipartisan solutions that will help prevent and treat opioid addiction and crack down on the criminals who profit from the pain and death of others.” Murphy is also the Democratic co-lead of the Road to Recovery Act, a bipartisan bill to repeal a federal law -- called the “IMD exclusion” -- and authorize Medicaid to cover addiction treatment at certain licensed, accredited residential facilities. More here.