CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Friday, May 13, 2016, the House will likely consider the House amendment to S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, under a rule. S. 524 was introduced on February 12, 2015 by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and passed the Senate, with an amendment, on March 10, 2016, by a vote of 94 to1. The House amendment to S. 524 will likely combine the text of all the opioid related bills that pass the House during the week of May 8th.
S. 524, as amended, would establish programs and grants in the Department of Health and Human Services and in the Department of Justice to improve the treatment of individuals with substance abuse disorders. Major provisions of S. 524 include:
Major House changes to S. 524:
The House will consider numerous bills addressing the opioid abuse epidemic in this country during the week of May 8th. The House amendment will likely combine all these measures that pass the House and replace the text of S. 524. Click here for the weekly legislative digest for the week of May 8th, for more details about these measures.
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. Natural and semisynthetic opioids, which include the most commonly prescribed opioid pain relievers (oxycodone and hydrocodone), continue to be involved in more overdose deaths than any other opioid derived drug.
A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is currently not available for the House Amendment for S. 524.
For questions or further information please contact John Huston with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-5539.