Walorski Supports Legislation to Combat Opiate Abuse Epidemic

Friday, May 13, 2016

Walorski Provision to Protect Veterans Included in Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Passed by House

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted for comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to combat the nation’s prescription drug and heroin abuse epidemic. An amended version of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, S. 524, which takes steps to address the growing problem of addiction and overdose, passed the House by a vote of 400 to 5.

“The prescription drug and heroin abuse epidemic in Indiana and nationwide is nothing less than a crisis, especially for the families who have lost loved ones,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The House took action to combat this problem on all fronts, including my provision to hold the VA accountable for overprescribing opioids to veterans. This bipartisan bill will save lives, and I hope the House and Senate reach an agreement quickly so we can get this bipartisan bill to the President’s desk as soon as possible.”

The House amended the Senate-passed Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act to include 18 bills passed by the House earlier this week to combat opioid and heroin addiction. The wide-ranging bill makes critical reforms and creates grant programs to help states, law enforcement entities, and other organizations in their work to prevent and treat opiate addiction and overdose.

Among the bills included in the comprehensive legislation was H.R. 4063, the Jason Simcakoski Promoting Responsible Opioid Management and Incorporating Scientific Expertise (PROMISE) Act, which contains Walorski’s provision to require all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities to participate in their respective state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). H.R. 4063 passed the House unanimously earlier this week.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

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