“More than two dozen bills have been introduced in Congress this year to address the rising tide of prescription drug and heroin abuse that has seemingly touched every pocket of America – from rural to urban, conservative to liberal, north to south, and east to west.
Lawmakers from every state – save South Dakota – have either introduced or co-sponsored at least one of the bills to address the crisis. In all, 60 Senators and 175 House members (133 Democrats and 102 Republicans) have signed on.
Much of the legislation remains in committee with the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee responsible for the bulk of it.
“The committee is extremely concerned about opioid abuse and prescription drug abuse,” said Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
The committee, he said, is going to “continue to deal with opioid abuse in a comprehensive way” but with the realization that much of the effort will inevitably fall on states and local communities as well as medical professionals. “We want to create an environment where we have much less abuse of opioids,” he said.
Source: Bedford.WickedLocal.com – October 6, 2015