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WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, with the support of Congressman Rouzer, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act which makes reforms to Medicaid, Medicare, and public health programs and policies.

“Opioid addiction is a horrific problem for North Carolina and the rest of the country.  Unfortunately, no community is immune to this epidemic.  This legislation, which was approved by the House, seeks to combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting our communities, and bolstering our efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs, like Fentanyl, which is responsible for countless overdoses and deaths in the 7th District.  While there is no silver bullet to this epidemic, the SUPPORT Act will help complement the many efforts being made at all levels of the government to curb this scourge.”

Background: The policies contained in H.R. 6 were advanced by the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees.  This bill will serve as the underlying vehicle for the majority of House-passed opioid bills to move over to the Senate for its consideration.  For more information on bills the House of Representatives have passed to combat the opioid crisis, please click here.

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