House progress of dozens of bills to combat the nation’s opioid crisis

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The house moved to push last week aimed at limiting the nationwide opioid epidemic, and lawmakers said they are not finished yet through dozens of bills.

In which Rep. Greg Walden, R-ore., called a “suite” with opioid-related legislation that passed the house by a 38 to the accounts for the last week, which addressed addiction-and recovery-efforts, the research on non-addictive painkillers, and other modalities of treatment. This week you have 21 more on the calendar.

“It’s just a story after another of crisis and death, and addiction. It swept over the country,” Walden, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told Fox News. “People, the depth and the circumference, and the width was really not until it’s too late.”

Most of the already passed bills are modest – and cross-party.

Some of the tackle research and studies, including one that would give the National institutes of health (NIH) get more ability to conduct research in a non-addictive pain relievers. Other bills would offer incentives, such as the establishment of a loan repayment program of up to $250,000 for professionals who work in the substance use disorder treatment in particularly severe areas.

Another bill HHS creation of an “electronic dashboard with Links to all of the Federal-wide efforts and strategies in the fight against the opioid crisis.”

Jessie’s law was passed by the house. The law wants to ensure that medical professionals are aware of a patient’s medical history, including substance abuse disorders, before you make decisions about prescription options for the treatment.

“It’s just a story after another of crisis and death, and addiction. It swept across the country.”

Rep. Greg Walden

The bill is named after Jessica Grubb, a 30-year-old Ann Arbor, Michigan, the woman who had to overcome a heroin, according to the Detroit News. If you are hip needed surgery, the discharge doctor was never aware of her past addiction, and gave her oxycodone. Grubb overdose and died that night, the Detroit News reported.

This bill would only give the patient to inform the coroner about his or her history, you wouldn’t give someone else, including a member of the family, the ability to the disclosure of private information, a house energy and Commerce Committee spokesperson told Fox News.

“But this is not a one-and-done,” Walden said. “This will be a dedicated, multi-year change effort dramatically, and the prescription of behaviors, the treatment methods when it comes to pain management.”

On the calendar this week, 21 additional invoices in relation to the opioid epidemic. If you said once out of the house, Walden, you combine them in the way that “the better choice for the Senate.”

“It’s going to be a lot of back-and-forth with the Senate to perfect the administration, what we have done and compensate for what you have done, and leave it on the Desk of the President,” he added.

Despite the volume of invoices Walden pushed through, not everyone is satisfied with the efforts.

“Together, these bills do not go far enough in providing the resources necessary for an epidemic of this scale,” New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone Jr, the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told Roll Call. “While these bills are well intentioned, Republicans’ ongoing efforts to repeal [ObamaCare], and good Medicaid, and mission-critical protection, or people with pre-existing conditions would have to suffer a devastating impact on the people of opioid substance abuse.”

Walden dismissed the criticism, calling it “factually uninformed” and refers to the cross-party nature of the majority of the bills.


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A handful of measures that passed the house, as a little bit controversial, including the new criminal penalties for the manufacture of and the trade with certain synthetic drugs with fentanyl would create. Democrats complain that the legislation would decide the government unlimited power, what kind of drugs would be prohibited, without the scientific input.

Walden said, in the fight against the opioid epidemic, the legislature tried to, “ensure that you are overreacting” and deny “the legitimate prescription of pain medication for people who suffer from chronic pain,” including cancer patients. He also said that the legislature should be careful with certain proposals, which could, in fact, sweep, researchers, and make them “felons.”

Unlike the Senate, Walden said the “suite” of the house bills, all of which dictate the number of days pain relievers can be prescribed. He said he realized that in more rural areas, a person might have to get to travel quite far in a pharmacy, medication, and would not be able to make that trip often.

Almost 64,000 people died from overdoses in the year 2016, of which around two-thirds of whose deaths opioids involved, according to the latest figures from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An estimated 11.8 people misused opioids a year, mostly through the abuse of prescription painkillers.

Opioids, natural or synthetic drugs that can be prescribed for pain, but they can also be made, wrongs or statutory provisions of miss.

West Virginia had the highest death rate from drug overdoses in the year 2016, with Ohio, New Hampshire, District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania, following close behind.

The number of death victim of abuse more than tripled since the year 2000, approximately 17,000 people died as a result of drugs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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