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Fitzpatrick Bill Cracks Down on ‘Doctor Shopping’

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) introduced legislation this week to expand the use of state programs aimed at cracking down on ‘doctor shopping’ in response to the opioid epidemic. The Monitoring and Obtaining Needed Information to Track Opioids Responsibly (MONITOR) Act [H.R. 4236] provides for baseline requirements that urge states to utilize and maximize the use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) to track controlled-substance purchases.

OP-ED: Seven House Representatives: Opioid addiction and abuse is not partisan, it's about saving lives

Today nearly 100 Americans will die from a drug overdose involving prescription drugs. Since 1999, deaths from prescription opioid overdose have more than quadrupled. Many have suggested this crisis will only get worse before it gets better – with some estimatessuggesting we could lose half a million Americans in the next decade.

Legislative prescriptions targeting opioid crisis accompany Trump declaration

Last week, President Donald Trump declared the nation’s opioid crisis a national health emergency. Though he has many critics, the president has been praised for focusing a national spotlight on the accelerating rates of death and despair brought about by addiction.

“We think that an emergency declaration is important, in part, because it frees up resources, it cuts some red tape, and allows the president to take action,” said U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur, a South Jersey Republican.

Legislative prescriptions targeting opioid crisis accompany Trump declaration

Last week, President Donald Trump declared the nation’s opioid crisis a national health emergency. Though he has many critics, the president has been praised for focusing a national spotlight on the accelerating rates of death and despair brought about by addiction.

“We think that an emergency declaration is important, in part, because it frees up resources, it cuts some red tape, and allows the president to take action,” said U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur, a South Jersey Republican.

Congressman Fitzpatrick-Authored Drug Enforcement Bill Moves To Senate

A bill authored by local Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and Democratic Congresswoman Niki Tsongas passed the House of Representatives Tuesday.

The International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology (INTERDICT) Act [H.R. 2142] was approved by a bipartisan 412-3 vote and will now move to the Senate.

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