“Dozens of Americans die each day from opioid overdoses, and this has to stop,” Congresswoman Walorski said.“There is a long battle ahead of us. A lot of damage has already been done. But this bill represents an important step forward as we seek to stop over-prescription and end opioid addiction in our country.”
The final version of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S. 524), which passed the House by a vote of 407 to 5, included two measures authored by Walorski to protect veterans. One provision would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to participate in state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), and the other would allow the VA to use FDA-approved medical devices and other non-opioid therapies to treat chronic pain.
Walorski, a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee who served on the conference committee that completed negotiations this week on final legislation, spoke on the House floor Friday in support of the bill.
By: Kathy Bottorf