They are not taking it “easy” on the opioid crisis in America.

Last week, the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force led by Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Annie Kuster (D-NH), and Donald Norcross (D-NJ) released its 2018 legislative agenda that includes bipartisan legislation targeting the national opioid epidemic.

The bills included in Task Force agenda support prevention, treatment, recovery and law enforcement efforts. Among them are Jessie’s Law, the STOP OD Act, the Addiction Recovery Through Family Health Accounts Act, Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act, Road to Recovery Act.

Also, the INTERDICT Act, TREAT Act, Synthetic Drug Awareness Act, CRIB Act, VA Prescription Data Accountability Act, Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, Improve Addiction Education Act, Opioid Addiction Prevention Act, Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act, MONITOR Act, and Addiction Recovery for Rural Communities Act.

But Fitzpatrick, vice-chair of the Task Force, said there is more work to be done.   “In 2016, more than 42,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose, including dozens in our community,” said Fitzpatrick. “Fighting back against this epidemic requires the clear, bipartisan approach outlined in this agenda; one that responds to the real-world concerns expressed by local lawmakers, community leaders and healthcare professionals. . .”

“As we begin the New Year, the Task Force remains even more committed to fighting the opioid epidemic that has ravaged so many communities and families across the country,” said New Jersey Congressman Tom MacArthur, Task Force co-chair.

The Bipartisan Heroin Task Force has increased to 100 members and has been able to successfully advocate against drastic cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and, shape and advance CARA and the 21st Century Cures Act through Congress. -PW

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