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Kinzinger Votes to SUPPORT Patients and Communities in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse

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Washington, June 22, 2018 | Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635) | comments
Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) joined his colleagues in voting for H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act.
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Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) joined his colleagues in voting for H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. This legislative package includes critical provisions that will help advance treatment and recovery initiatives, prevent addiction, fight dangerous synthetic opiates like fentanyl, and further protect communities affected by the opioid crisis.

One of the bills included in H.R. 6 was H.R. 5590, the Opioid Addiction Action Plan, introduced by Congressman Kinzinger along with Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Danny Davis (D-IL).  This bipartisan, common-sense legislation will move us away from a “one size fits all” model of treating pain and help prevent addiction.

Following passage of H.R. 6, which received strong bipartisan support with a vote of 396-14, Congressman Kinzinger released this statement:

“Today, I proudly voted in favor of H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, because it advances many provisions that will help our overall efforts to combat the opioid crisis. Some of these provisions, like my bill, the Opioid Addiction Action Plan, will make treatment options more flexible and adaptable, like encouraging non-addictive opioid alternatives for pain.

“With strong bipartisan support, the House took another step forward on our mission to end this devastating opioid epidemic. We know the opioid epidemic transcends party lines, and affects people from all walks of life. It is the worst drug epidemic in American history and it’s estimated that more than 2 million Americans will suffer from opioid addiction in 2018. Last year, emergency room visits for opioid overdoses increased 66% in Illinois. We’re losing an entire generation to substance abuse disorder, and it requires all of us to continue the fight against this opioid crisis to save our communities, and save lives.”

In addition to today’s passage of H.R. 6, which includes the countless measures passed over the last two weeks, the House previously appropriated $4 billion to help combat the opioid crisis, which was part of the omnibus package earlier this year. These measures follow passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act last Congress. In the fight against opioids, this combined work has been the most significant Congressional effort against a single drug crisis in history.


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OP-ED: Morris Daily Herald – “Combating opioid epidemic with life-saving law” (November 2016)

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