Energy and Commerce has been at the tip of the spear in the national fight to combat the opioid crisis. Our legislative efforts have included the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act in the 114th Congress, and in the 115th Congress, helping to advance the $4 billion appropriated in 2018 the omnibus, as well as the $6.7 billion included in the 2018 Defense-Labor-HHS appropriations package to boost programs that fight, treat, and stop substance abuse, and support access to mental health services, and culminating with the signing into law of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act – a bipartisan bill that has been called the most significant congressional effort against a single drug crisis in history.
Our efforts continue forward on two tracks: advancing collaborative, bipartisan legislative solutions and continuing investigations into several key issues that have contributed to the crisis.
In February 2019, Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and Subcommittee on Health Republican Leader Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Republican Leader Brett Guthrie (R-KY) sent a letter to Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Subcommittee on Health Chair Anna Eshoo (D-CA), and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chair Diana DeGette (R-CO), requesting the committee continue its bipartisan work to help combat the opioid crisis.
Personal Stories from the Opioid Crisis
The “Personal Stories from the Opioid Crisis” video series, highlights individuals and families that participated in our 2018 roundtable, and which have struggled with or lost loved ones to substance abuse. Sadly, their stories are shared by so many others across our nation and that is why we must press on in our fight to combat the opioid crisis:
Aimee Manzoni D’Arpino’s Story:
Devon Hott’s Story:
Lisa Daniels & Ken Daniels Story:
Michael Gray’s Story:
“Family” – As the final video in the series, this video highlights the personal nature of this crisis, how it has impacted families, and emphasizes why Congress is taking action to combat the opioid crisis.
This series highlights the legislative efforts of committee members to combat the opioid crisis in the 115th Congress. These represent just a handful of the 57 legislative solutions the committee advanced to the full House in May, many of which were included in the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act.
Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) shares the story behind Jessie’s Law:
Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) discusses empowering pharmacists in the fight against opioids:
Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) discusses the role of poison control centers in combating the opioid crisis:
Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) shares the story behind the INFO Act:
Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) discusses the Access to Sober Living Act
On October 24, 2018, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act was signed into law by President Trump:
In April 2018, E&C Members took to the House Floor to discuss the urgency of combating the opioid crisis: