House Passes Bipartisan Opioid Package that Includes Bishop Initiative

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Washington, September 28, 2018 | comments

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a comprehensive package of legislation aimed to combat the opioid epidemic. The legislation includes the Synthetic Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act of 2018, introduced by Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08).                       

“Opioids do not discriminate – and this bipartisan, bicameral legislation takes great strides towards ending this epidemic once and for all. Included in the legislation is the STOP Act, a bill I’ve been working on to close a loophole in the U.S. Postal Service currently being exploited by drug traffickers who ship synthetic opioids into our communities. While interdiction and prevention are key parts of addressing this crisis, H.R. 6 also provides resources to law enforcement, supports health care providers, and assists patients fighting addiction,” said Rep. Bishop.

“I would also like to extend my gratitude to the parents, educators, law enforcement, emergency responders, health care professionals, and those suffering from addition across Michigan’s Eighth District who have shared their stories and have worked closely with me to ensure we get this legislation signed into law – their advocacy has made a real difference.”

BACKGROUND

Bishop Introduces Bill to Stop the Flow of Synthetic Opioids in the International Mail System – May 15, 2018
Bishop Applauds Unanimous Committee Passage of Bill to Address Opioid Flow in the Mail System – May 16, 2018
House, Senate Release Agreement on Bishop Bill to Combat Opioid Epidemic – June 8, 2018
House Passes Bishop Legislation to Stop the Flow of Synthetic Opioids Through the International Mail System – June 14, 2018
Rep. Bishop, Sen. Portman Applaud Senate Passage of STOP Act – September 17, 2018

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