CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 4982, the Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act of 2016, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 4982 was introduced on April 18, 2016 by Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL), and was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by voice vote on April 27, 2016.
H.R. 4982 requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to evaluate and report on the in-patient and outpatient treatment capacity, availability, and needs of the United States.
The United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths. Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137 percent, including a 200 percent increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin). During 2014, a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States, with more than 28,000 deaths involving some type of opioid, including heroin.
A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is currently unavailable.
For questions or further information please contact Robert Goad with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1831.