Thompson Urges Senate Action on Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, to Fight National Opioid and Heroin Epidemic

Jul 8, 2016

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson voted to approve the results of a House and Senate conference report, focused on a package of bills intended to turn the tide against the nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse and heroin use. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S.524) conference report must be approved by the U.S. Senate before being sent to President Obama’s desk for his signature.  As a member of the House Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, Thompson has been actively addressing the issue.

“There is not a community across our nation where lives and families have not been affected by this epidemic,” Thompson said.  “This is not a partisan problem and one we must all work to solve. As such, I have met with Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas to discuss the most appropriate path forward and I am happy this bill has received the support of Pennsylvania’s Governor, Tom Wolf. I now urge the U.S. Senate to take action to make sure we can fight this epidemic and help our communities address the plight of addiction,” Thompson added. 

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.