Thompson Supported Bill to Fight Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Heads to President’s Desk

Jul 14, 2016

Washington, DC –U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today joined House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House colleagues for a signing ceremony of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S.524).  The bill now goes to President Barack Obama’s desk for signature.  Thompson, a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, has been a vocal advocate for addressing this national crisis.

“In Pennsylvania alone, last year more than 3,300 people died as a result of drug overdoses, a 23 percent increase over 2014. This is not a rural or urban problem and there is not a community that has been untouched by harms of heroin and opioid use,” said Thompson.

“The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is a necessary step in the right direction to addressing the problems of addiction and drug abuse in our communities,” added Thompson.

More than a dozen bills were involved in the package, including:

  • The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act (H.R. 5046):  This legislation will make grant funding available to state and local governments for the creation of opioid reduction programs.  The funds can be used for a variety of anti-opioid programs, including treatment programs, veteran treatment programs and juvenile opioid abuse programs.  It can also be used to train first responders in using opioid overdose reversal drugs.
  • H.R. 4641:  This bill creates a task force to review, modify and update the prescribing practices of physicians in dealing with pain management, with the goal of stopping addiction before it starts.
  • The Improving Safe Care for the Prevention of Infant Abuse and Neglect Act (H.R. 4843):  This measure, co-sponsored by Thompson, would make sure states which receive federal funds for the treatment of opioid-dependent babies comply with federal law in caring for them.