Law Highlight: Public Information Dashboard for Resources to Combat Crisis
WASHINGTON, DC – Nearly one year ago, the Committee-led SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act was signed into law on October 24, 2018, to help combat the opioid crisis. The SUPPORT Act represented the largest legislative effort to combat a single drug crisis in history.
Packed into this law are critical provisions to advance treatment and recovery initiatives, improve prevention, protect our communities, and bolster our efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl.
One of those key provisions is the Indexing Narcotics, Fentanyl, and Opioids (INFO) Act from Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH). The INFO Act directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create a public and easily accessible electronic dashboard linking to all of the nationwide efforts and strategies to combat the opioid crisis.
WATCH: Rep. Latta explain this bill ⤵
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Recently, Republican Energy and Commerce Committee leaders pressed the Administration for an update on the implementation of the INFO Act.
In a letter to HHS in August, Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), Health Subcommittee Republican Leader Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Republican Leader Bob Latta (R-OH), and Oversight and Investigations Republican Leader Brett Guthrie (R-KY) stressed the need for this public dashboard required under law by the SUPPORT Act.
Authorized in section 7021 of the SUPPORT Act, the leaders noted how this dashboard is absolutely critical for those on the front lines of the opioid crisis in order to help them access tools to stem the tide of addiction and save lives on the ground.
“The opioid crisis is devastating our country, undermining our social structures, and eroding our economic productivity,” the leaders wrote. “The information dashboard authorized in section 7021 of the SUPPORT Act is a much-needed tool for the patients and families we represent, and it will help further turn the tide in our fight against this crisis.”
To read more about the INFO Act, please click here.