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Fighting the Opioid Crisis, Bringing Hope to Communities

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Washington, September 28, 2018 | Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) joined his colleagues today in voting for the compromise opioid package.
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Washington, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) joined his colleagues today in voting for the compromise opioid package H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. This bipartisan legislation will help combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, preventing addiction, fighting dangerous synthetic opiates like fentanyl, and further protecting communities affected by the opioid crisis.

Following the bill’s passage in the House, Congressman Kinzinger released this statement:

“Today is a hopeful day for many of my constituents and thousands of families across the country who have been directly affected by the opioid epidemic. Our bipartisan, bicameral work on the H.R. 6 legislation is a great example of Congress putting our politics aside and doing the people’s work – working together, across the aisle and across chambers, to tackle the biggest issues facing the people we represent.

“Just six months ago, Congress voted for the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act which included the largest investment of funding to date to combat this crisis and now, today, the House has passed this opioid package that includes the best ideas from my House and Senate colleagues. I’m especially proud that legislation I authored and introduced, H.R.5590, the Opioid Addiction Action Plan Act, was included in this bill, further urging innovation in our treatments for pain.

“This legislation is a light of hope for our legislative process, for communities across the country, for our healthcare providers, for our law enforcement, and for our fight to end the opioid epidemic. I look forward to seeing the Senate pass this measure so we can send it to the President’s desk to be signed into law, and I thank my colleagues for working on this issue together on behalf of the American people.”

In addition H.R. 5590, Congressman Kinzinger has held forums within the IL-16 community to raise awareness on this issue, and has supported several pieces of legislation that would help communities face the many challenges associated with the opioid epidemic. For more information, please visit his website here

 

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