Two bipartisan measures written by Bucks Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick were signed into law Wednesday as part of a bipartisan effort to combat the opioid epidemic.
President Trump signed H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. The bill will help combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting communities and bolstering efforts to fight illicit synthetic, deadly drugs like fentanyl.
“While there still is much work to be done, this bipartisan effort will support families across the nation and make our communities safer,” Fitzpatrick said.
Other related measures:
The Responsible Education Achieves Care and Healthy Outcomes for Users’
Treatment (REACH OUT), H.R. 5796, will direct the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to work with eligible entities, including Quality Improvement Organizations, to engage in outreach with prescribers identified as clinical outliers to share best practices following evaluation of their prescribing behavior.
The CONNECTIONS Act, H.R. 5812, authored by Reps. Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) will improve federal support for state Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs). It authorizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to award grants and provides assistance to state or local governments. This legislation also provides for enhanced collection of substance abuse data.