Kinzinger on Landmark Opioid Bill Signed Into Law
Washington, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the statement below following the President’s signing of H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, into law yesterday.
Washington, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the statement below following the President’s signing of H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, into law yesterday:
“The statistics are staggering, and the real life impacts of the opioid epidemic are being felt across IL-16 and nationwide. I’m proud to see this important, landmark legislation signed into law because it’s provisions will help improve the lives of so many Americans. This legislative effort of H.R. 6 was bipartisan and bicameral – and it marks the most significant congressional action against a single drug crisis in history.
“I’m especially proud that legislation I authored and introduced, H.R.5590, the Opioid Addiction Action Plan Act, was included in the final package that has now become law, because it will encourage greater innovation in our treatments for pain and help prevent opioid addiction. I applaud the President for his support of this legislation, and I’m grateful to my colleagues for working together on behalf of the American people we so proudly represent.
“This is a great moment and a positive step forward, but there is more we can do. Addiction is a disease; it is not a moral failing and as a society, we need to do more to fight the stigma and help those who are struggling. This law is a light of hope for our country and our communities as we fight to put an end to this opioid epidemic.”
In addition to authoring and introducing 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 as they face the many challenges associated with the opioid epidemic. For more information, please visit his website here.
OP-ED: Rockford Register Star – “The time is now to act on opioid crisis” (October 2017)