Rep. Harris Issues Statement in Support of Bills Combating the Opioid Crisis
WASHINGTON, DC: On June 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed several bills combating the opioid crisis, including but not limited to: H.R. 5261, the TEACH to Combat Addiction Act; H.R. 5041, the Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act; and H.R. 4684, the Ensuring Access to Quality Sober Living Act. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) released the following statement lauding the passage of these bills:
“Today, the House of Representatives passed several bipartisan bills to combat our nation’s opioid epidemic. Maryland has been hit particularly hard by this public health crisis, and today the House of Representatives sent the American people a clear message that overcoming this epidemic is a top priority for the federal government.
These bipartisan bills take important steps to reduce unnecessary prescribing of opioids, strengthen education, increase access to treatment, and prevent the importation of opioids like heroin and fentanyl through the international mail system. The passage of these bills is great progress, but there is more work to be done to mitigate the opioid epidemic. I remain committed to working with President Trump, Governor Hogan, and my colleagues in Congress to continue fighting this public health emergency.”