Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed historic legislation to continue building the comprehensive framework needed to address our nation’s drug crisis. The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), which passed the House in an overwhelming vote of 396-14, contains more than fifty different proposals that will help individuals, families, and communities impacted by substance use disorder.
Earlier this week, more than 160 organizations from across the nation sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in support of H.R. 6. During debate on H.R. 6, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden read the letter on the House floor. This legislation would save lives by strengthening areas of prevention, treatment, recovery, overdose reversal, research, law enforcement, veterans, and child welfare, which make up the comprehensive response to the drug crisis. To read the letter, and learn more about the reasons why so many organizations support this bill, click here.
In addition, the bill includes many of the Addiction Policy Forum’s legislative priorities that would, among other issues, help overdose patients in emergency departments get the help they need, improve comprehensive treatment and recovery services, and strengthen education and training for healthcare professionals. To learn more about how this legislation will improve our national response to substance use disorder, check out our 27 Things You Should Know About The House Opioid Package by clicking here.
“We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for working in a bipartisan way to pass H.R. 6, an important step toward building the comprehensive framework to address the drug crisis in our nation,” said Jessica Hulsey Nickel, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Addiction Policy Forum. “With the worsening opioid epidemic devastating so many, we appreciate legislators listening to the voices of patients and families and treating addiction like the disease that it is. We thank Members for passing this historic legislation, and we look forward to working with Congress to ensure these important proposals are signed into law so that fewer lives are lost to substance use disorder.”
Join us in thanking Members of the House of Representative for passing this historic legislation that will strengthen the comprehensive response to our nation’s drug crisis.
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