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Upton, House Advance Major Opioid Crisis Package

Two Upton bills included in bipartisan effort

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Washington, June 22, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. This bipartisan bill will help in the overall efforts to combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting our communities, and bolstering efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl.

“This bipartisan effort will help boost treatment and recovery, prevention, and law enforcement efforts right here in Southwest Michigan,” said Upton. “It will also help us better tackle synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl. This is an important bill that will help stem the tide of addiction. We all know families and communities suffering from the pain of this unceasing epidemic. We’re working to do all we can to combat the opioid crisis and save lives. Our bipartisan efforts continue.”

The SUPPORT Act is to be the underlying vehicle for the majority of the House-passed bills to combat the opioid crisis as it moves to the Senate. Included are two Upton bills: H.R. 5002, the ACE Research Act, co-authored alongside U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, and H.R. 5800, the Medicaid IMD ADDITIONAL INFO Act.

The SUPPORT Act follows two bills passed last Congress, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act, as well as the $4 billion appropriated in the omnibus earlier this year to help combat this crisis. For a one pager on the SUPPORT Act please click here.

For more information on Upton’s work to combat the opioid epidemic please click here.

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