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WASHINGTON — By the end of next week, the House will have considered more than 50 bills aimed at staunching the opioid crisis. The volume “may well be a record for legislating on a single issue,” Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Tuesday on the House floor.

The House’s work touches on most aspects of the crisis, aiming to better monitor opioid prescriptions, increase treatment funding, improve drug enforcement efforts, and provide additional support to families affected by the epidemic. But does quantity equal quality?

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  • Overdose deaths will continue to rise as patients are forced to the streets an unknown substances. With substances like Fentanyl & Carfentanil production being ramped up by cartels and attempts by amateurs to mix these substances into cut at 1/1000 and 1/10,000 parts, what do you think will happen?

  • It is automatically prescribed to patients taking a certain level of opioids. It is a requirement that you have it. It is often sent to the patient overnight.
    Now, You must be talking about Heroin addicts having access to it? I guess they should because that set of individuals and parents that are irresponsible and do not lock up their medications should have them on hand.

  • Yes, as the article suggests, we need to have free and easily accessible methadone of Suboxone for anyone that wants it. And to say that there is an effort to turn the opioid crisis around without making these medications easily available is a deluded or dishonest.

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