Stop Opioid Drug Epidemic - Yes on H.R. 4447

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Impact

Impact: 
This is a multi-stakeholder problem with legal ways of distributing painkillers and alternatively illegal drugs on the street. Patients suffering are looking for a pain remedy but there are some unscrupulous doctors who may be over-prescribing. Once a patient or user becomes addicted it's all over. Their life spirals downward and the cost to society is very high.

Debate Summary

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There are over 25 proposed bills in the House and Senate related to opioids, drug addiction, education, etc. Most are in the Energy and Commerce committee, a few are in the Judiciary and Veterans Affairs. A search for "opioid" at https://www.congress.gov will bring up the following: S.2772, HR 4969, HR 4981, HR 4976, HR 4918, S 2423, HR 3677, HR 2805, HR 2872, HR 1821, S 1641 and the list goes on.

What is the point of all this? To get a handle on this epidemic.

If you want to make a difference, support a bill with others who are concerned about the future of the country. You can start by voting yes on HR 4447. Eventually, if enough rational citizens begin to connect the dots between the problem, the solution and the committees deciding on the issue, you can make a difference.

Links to the legislation, the committees and other media sources are listed below.

Additional Information

Additional Description: 
H.R. 4447 in the 114th Congress (2015-2016) - The media is showing one story after another of how illegal drugs and substance-abuse are ruining our kids, families and cities. Sometimes a patient in pain starts with a simple narcotic and is able to get it prescribed by many doctors. At other times these drugs are being made in meth labs and distributed on the street mixed in with all kinds of other poisonous elements. The Heroin OD Antidote Naloxone is now being made available in cities around the country and carried by EMTs and other officials to prevent deaths. But clearly this problem is out of control.

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8 Arguments
Remote controls have been put in place the chronic pain patient ends up suffering. The addict moves to heroin
MN-2
1 year ago
Ca 880 1535 heroin antidote naloxone 28,000 opioid deaths in 2014 - San Diego Roseville dare program.
CA-18
2 years ago
Prince's former drug dealer says... http://dailym.ai/1MQTnMa
CA-18
2 years ago
Heroine addiction is a widespread epidemic that is upsetting many communities and families. http://bit.ly/1SaLCNW
CA-14
2 years ago
3 Arguments
As they put more controls into place the only ones who know the difference are the suffering chronic pain pt with no med
MN-2
1 year ago
As they put more controls into place the only ones who know the difference are the suffering chronic pain pt with no med
MN-2
1 year ago
Restricting access to these medications only hurts pain patients, and does nothing to stop addicting. They but on street
FL-27
2 years ago
S. Majority
CA-18
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KY sues Walgreens - http://www.lex18.com/story/38424163/beshear-sues-walgreens-for-dual-role-in-states-opioid-epidemic

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As they put more controls into place the only ones who know the difference are the suffering chronic pain pt with no med