Kelly-Backed Opioid Package Signed into Law

Oct 24, 2018
Kelly-Backed Opioid Package Signed into Law

Includes bills sponsored by Rep. Kelly to block synthetic opioid shipments into US, protect at-risk seniors from opioid abuse

Kelly attends White House signing ceremony

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today after H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump. The comprehensive legislation included two bills originally sponsored by Rep. Kelly: the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act (H.R. 5788) and the Protecting Seniors from Opioid Abuse Act (H.R. 5684), which was added to H.R. 6 as part of the Preventing Addiction for Susceptible Seniors (PASS) Act (H.R. 5773).

“The opioid crisis is a national crisis. It is devastating families and communities in Western Pennsylvania and all over our country. I have witnessed its awful impact up close and personally. In an era of intense political polarization, I am so grateful that we were able to come together as a unified Congress to deliver such a powerful blow against this deadly epidemic on so many fronts. The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act is the most far-reaching congressional action against a single drug crisis in American history. I’m proud to have contributed specific measures that will protect vulnerable seniors from dangerous addiction and stop synthetic drugs from being trafficked into our communities from overseas. This is about nothing less than saving lives. It was a true honor to be at the White House with President Trump as he enacted this historic law and made every American family safer.”

BACKGROUND

Overview of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6)

Letter of endorsement from 161 patient advocacy organizations

Details on the PASS Act (H.R. 5773) | More

Details on the STOP Act (H.R. 5788) | More

Summary of congressional efforts to address the opioid crisis

NOTE: On June 19, 2018, Rep. Kelly addressed the House of Representatives on his legislation to fight the opioid epidemic. His floor speech can be viewed here.

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