Byrne, House Take Action to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Today, Congressman Bradley Byrne voted in favor of H.R.6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which includes over 45 separate bills to combat the national opioid crisis. The bipartisan package passed by a vote of 396 to 14.
Congressman Byrne said: “The opioid crisis has infiltrated communities all across our country and torn families apart. No community is immune from the opioid crisis. Here in the People’s House, we are committed to tackling this issue head on and providing support to patients and communities.
“Sadly, over 750 Alabamians die from an opioid overdose each year. I am confident this exhaustive package of bills will ensure quality care for those seeking help and provide our communities the resources to prevent the spread of this epidemic. It’s time we end the cycle.”
The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act targets four main issue areas:
- Treatment and Recovery
- Protecting Communities
- Fighting Fentanyl
This effort follows the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act last Congress, as well as the $4 billion in funding set aside to combat the opioid epidemic in the omnibus earlier this year.
To read the entire list of bills included in H.R.6, you can visit www.opioidcrisis.gop/