Rep. Kelly Champions House-Passed Bipartisan Solutions to Combat Opioid Crisis

Jun 20, 2018
Rep. Kelly Champions House-Passed Bipartisan Solutions to Combat Opioid Crisis

Kelly-sponsored bills will block synthetic opioid shipments into US, help protect at-risk seniors from opioid abuse

COMING SOON: Kelly to host special tele-town hall to provide opioid-related answers to constituents

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – delivered remarks of the floor of House of Representatives yesterday evening in support of the Preventing Addiction for Susceptible Seniors (PASS) Act (H.R. 5773), which includes a bipartisan bill previously introduced by Rep. Kelly known as the Protecting Seniors from Opioid Abuse Act (H.R. 5684). The bill was passed unanimously. Rep. Kelly also praised the House for passing numerous other pieces of bipartisan legislation over the past week to address the ongoing national opioid crisis, including the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act (H.R. 5788), of which he is an original co-sponsor.

Text of Rep. Kelly’s floor speech:

“Mr. Speaker, this opioid epidemic is killing 116 people every day and is horribly impacting Western Pennsylvanian families and communities. 

“There isn’t a silver bullet to end the suffering—it is going to take communities working together to treat addiction and find lasting methods of prevention.

“I am proud of the work that we have done in the People’s House to put forward quality, bipartisan solutions to provide better alternatives and treatment for Americans.

“I want to thank Mr. Roskam for including my legislation, H.R. 5684, the Protecting Seniors from Opioid Abuse Act, into this package. This bipartisan bill with my colleagues – Mr. Thompson, Ms. McMorris Rodgers, and Mr. Doyle – will help at-risk seniors manage their medications and avoid prescription drug abuse.

“This bill gives seniors who are at-risk for prescription drug abuse access to the Medication Therapy Management program. This successful program allows seniors to sit down with a pharmacist or other health professional and receive expert advice on how to best manage their prescriptions.

“The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has already confirmed that this approach works to reduce opioid overuse and to avoid dangerous drug interactions. Expanding access to Medication Therapy Management for at-risk beneficiaries will ensure that these serious drugs are used properly before it is too late.

“This epidemic is devastating our nation’s communities and families. I hope that we can continue to work together as a unified Congress to fight this deadly crisis.”

BACKGROUND

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

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

Summary of action by Ways & Means Committee to solve opioid crisis | More

Full list of House-passed opioid-related bills

NOTE: The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6) is expected to be considered by the House later this week. More information on it can be found here.

ADVISORY: Rep. Kelly is planning to host a special tele-town hall event on Wednesday, July 11th, at 7:00 PM specifically designed to provide expert guidance to constituents dealing with opioid-related issues. Further details will be announced soon.

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