House Sends Comprehensive Opioid Package to Senate

Washington, June 22, 2018 Contact: Ann Tumolo (202-225-3164)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, 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. This comprehensive package of overwhelmingly bipartisan bills will advance treatment and recovery initiatives, improve prevention, protect our communities, and bolster efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl. Congressman Wenstrup (OH-02) released the following statement:

“The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act is a significant step in our ongoing efforts to help America’s communities heal from the deadly impacts of the opioid crisis. This bipartisan bill is the most significant piece of legislation against a single drug crisis in history. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to quickly pass the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act to aid families and communities in Ohio and across America,” said Congressman Brad Wenstrup. 

Additional Information on Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis:

  • The House of Representatives previously passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which awards grants to implement comprehensive community-wide strategies that address local drug crises. “Drug Free Cincinnati” was awarded a $50,000 grant this month under CARA.
  • Last Congress the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which also allocated grants to help states combat the opioid epidemic.
  • Earlier this year, the House appropriated $4 billion in the omnibus to help combat the opioid crisis. 

Follow Rep. Wenstrup’s efforts to fight the opioid crisis here.

Read more about the House-passed measures to fight the opioid crisis here.