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Washington D.C.
Culberson Votes to Protect District 7 from Opioid Crisis
Press Release
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Washington, D.C. –  Congressman John Culberson (TX-07), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS), issued the following statement after the House passed a package of over 30 bills to address how prescription drugs are distributed and provide help for those who are addicted.

“Opioid addiction touches every community in the nation. In 2016 alone, 2,831 Texans died of an opioid overdose, which is a 7.4 percent increase from 2015. Additionally, more than half of all drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved an opioid, and 115 Americans are lost every day to the opioid crisis. I refuse to accept these numbers. That’s why I voted to support over 30 proposals to advance real solutions that will help the millions of Americans who are in crisis or who are fighting to save a loved one from opioid addiction.  

“As this epidemic evolves and grows in its severity, our approach must be stronger and bolder. This Congress is committed to fighting this epidemic on all fronts; through treatment and recovery, addiction prevention, protecting communities, and fighting fentanyl. These bills tackle the crisis by improving and expanding access to treatment and recovery services and ensuring that doctors have access to their patients’ addiction history. We also give the U.S. Customs and Border Protection more resources to seize high-risk international mail shipments of synthetic opioids into the United States. 

“While no single bill can end the opioid scourge, these proposals represent a major step toward ending prescription drug abuse in America. I support the physicians, law enforcement officers, and first responders who are on the front lines of this epidemic every day. 

“I urge the Senate to pass this critical, lifesaving package of bills.”

Highlights of the opioids legislation passed in the House include:

  • Securing the International Mail Against Opioids Act of 2018 (H.R. 5788) – Will enable U.S. Customs and Border Protection to target high-risk shipments, including those containing synthetic opioids for inspection and possible seizure.
  • Jessie's Law (H.R. 5009) –  Will ensure medical professionals have access to a consenting patient’s complete health history when making treatment decisions.
  • Empowering Pharmacists in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse Act (H.R. 4275) – Will help pharmacists detect prescriptions that are fraudulent, or appear to be for abuse. 
  • Peer Support Communities of Recovery Act (H.R. 5587) – Will provide more grants to peer support specialist organizations to develop and expand recovery services.
  • TEACH to Combat Addiction Act of 2018 (H.R. 5261) – Will improve substance abuse disorder education for health professionals. 

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