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KENNEDY, BROOKS OPIOID BILL TO UPDATE BEST PRACTICES FOR PRESCRIBERS PASSES HOUSE

May 11, 2016
Press Release
Interagency taskforce would establish best practices for pain management and prescription of opioids

Washington, D.C. – As part of a bipartisan package of opioid-related bills being considered in Congress this week, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation introduced by Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN) to help update and clarify federal guidelines for pain management and the prescription of pain medication. The bill authorizes the creation of an interagency taskforce to review, modify and update best practices for prescribing opioids. The taskforce will be comprised of representatives from multiple federal agencies, mental and behavioral health providers, pain advocacy groups and other stakeholders.
 
“Too often, opioid addiction starts with a simple prescription after a medical procedure or emergency,” said Congressman Joe Kennedy III. “At a time when nearly 1,400 families in the Commonwealth alone lost loved ones to the opioid crisis last year, it’s essential that we better balance the needs of those suffering from pain with the urgency we face in stopping addiction before it starts. The bipartisan support behind the creation of this taskforce is encouraging, but our work is far from over.”
 
For more information on H.R. 4641, please click here. A member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Congressman Kennedy’s National All Prescriptions Monitoring (NASPER) Act passed the House last year and now awaits a vote in the Senate. He also recently led efforts to designate Bristol County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), which enables local law enforcement in the county to receive additional funding to combat opioid abuse. 
 
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For Immediate Release:
May 11, 2016
 
Contact:
Emily Kaufman (617) 332-3333
Dan Black (202) 225-5931

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