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Congressman Keating Continues to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Filed in NEWS HEADLINES, politics by on October 20, 2017 0 Comments • views: 378

Washington, DC – Congressman Bill Keating introduced H.R. 4080, the Effective Opioid Enforcement Act of 2017, a plan to repeal the 2016 law that compromised the ability of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to swiftly act to combat unsafe opioid distribution.

Congressman Keating is also a co-leader of a bipartisan group of six members who today introduced H.R. 4079, textually identical legislation titled the Restoring Enforcement Standards to Track Opioids Responsively and Effectively (RESTORE) Act of 2017, as a symbol of cross-party work towards the same end goal. In addition to Congressman Keating, other leaders include Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH), and Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV).

“This issue is too important to place pride of ownership or pride of party ahead of working for meaningful change,” said Congressman Keating. “It is especially important that these identical pieces of legislation will allow law enforcement to retroactively deal with investigations that might have commenced after the 2016 law took effect. We can draw a direct line between oversupply of prescription opioids and the tragic epidemic we find ourselves fighting today, an epidemic that has dealt crushing blows to so many families—including my own.  We cannot be giving bad actors a free pass.”

Congressman Keating and all other leaders of these initiatives are members of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force. Last Congress, Keating introduced H.R. 2335, the Stop Tampering of Prescription Pills (STOPP) Act, which calls on the Food and Drug Administration to facilitate the creation of tamper-resistant formulations for commonly misused pain medication; H.R. 4841, the Co-Prescribing Saves Lives Act, to encourage physicians to co-prescribe naloxone alongside opioid prescriptions and increase naloxone access; and H.R. 5057, the Safe Prescribing for Veterans Act, a common-sense plan to decrease opioid overuse among veterans by establishing education requirements for opioid prescribers affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs. All three measures received bipartisan support.


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