Rep. Cook Votes for and House Passes Comprehensive Bill to Combat the Opioid Crisis

By on October 7, 2018

A bipartisan bill – HR 6 – has overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives and is a major effort by legislators to advance treatment and recovery initiatives, protect our communities, improve prevention and bolster efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl. Rep. Paul Cook (R-8th District-Apple Valley) recently voted in favor of HR 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act.

“The opioid crisis has continued to spiral out of control, wreaking havoc on families and burdening the economy,” Rep. Cook said. “This year, Congress has already passed an unprecedented amount of legislation targeting the opioid crisis and this bill is another important step. I look forward to this legislation becoming law.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)and Prevention, on average, 1,000 people are treated daily for opioid misuse in emergency departments and an average of 115 Americans die from opioid misuse each day. The opioid crisis has also created a massive burden on our economy, causing the loss of almost one million workers between 1999 and 2015 and the loss of $702 billion in real output.

HR 6 encompasses several provisions, including:

Treatment and Recovery

  • Improve and expand access to treatment and recovery services
  • Provide incentives for enhanced care, coordination, and innovation
  • Establish comprehensive opioid recovery centers

Prevention

  • Encourage non-addictive opioid alternatives to treat pain
  • Improves data to identify and help at-risk patients
  • Address high prescribing rate while enhancing prescription drug monitoring programs

Protecting Communities

  • Give law enforcement tools to get dangerous drugs out of our communities
  • Better intercept illicit opioids at international mail facilities
  • Improve access to federal resources for local communities

Fighting Fentanyl

  • Better tackle ever-changing synthetic drugs
  • Crack down on foreign shipments of illicit drugs
  • Provide grants for local communities to combat fentanyl

Additional information on legislation passed by Congress targeting the opioid crisis is available at: energycommerce.house.gov/opioids-legislation/.

Rep. Cook’s 8th District includes the city of Yucaipa. In addition to the Apple Valley District Office, Rep. Cook maintains a Yucaipa District Office at 34282 Yucaipa Blvd. in Yucaipa. The phone number is: 909-797-4900. Please call for the hours of availability before visiting the Yucaipa office