Guthrie votes to combat opioid epidemic

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Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) voted last week in support of a series of bills designed to improve the prevention and treatment of opioid abuse across the U.S.

“The growing abuse of opioids claims thousands of lives from all parts of our nation, and Kentucky has sadly become an epicenter of the epidemic,” said Guthrie. “My colleagues and I are working together to advance legislation that will provide improved care for those who are struggling with addiction and help stop the epidemic from destroying more lives, families, and communities.”

The bills that were passed by the House last week include:

· H.R. 4063, Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act

· H.R. 4985, Kingpin Designation Improvement Act of 2016

· S. 32, Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2015

· H.R. 5048, Good Samaritan Assessment Act of 2016

· H.R. 5052, OPEN Act

· H.R. 4843, Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act

· H.R. 4978, NAS Healthy Babies Act

· H.R. 3680, Co-Prescribing to Reduce Overdoses Act of 2016

· H.R. 3691, Improving Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Act of 2016

· H.R. 1818, Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2016

· H.R. 4969, John Thomas Decker Act of 2016

· H.R. 4586, Lali’s Law

· H.R. 4599, Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016

· H.R. 4976, Opioid Review Modernization Act of 2016

· H.R. 4982, Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act of 2016

· H.R. 4981, Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Expansion and Modernization Act

· H.R. 4641, To provide for the establishment of an inter-agency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, and for other purposes

· H.R. 5046, Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016

“These bipartisan bills will help stem some of the sources that fuel the opioid epidemic and help those who are affected recover from the addiction,” said Guthrie.


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