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OP-ED: How to fight the war against opioids

The opioid epidemic is wreaking havoc across the country and it’s destroying families and derailing lives right here in our community. Last year, 231 people died from opioids in Bucks County alone – a 35 percent increase from 2016. Since 2000, more than 300,000 Americans nationwide have died from opioid overdoses and thousands more struggle daily to stay in recovery and get back on track.

This crisis isn’t going away. It’s only getting worse.

Fitzpatrick Secures Millions in PFOA/PFOS Health Study, Clean Up Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) released the following statement Thursday regarding the inclusion of nearly $100 million in funding related to PFOA/PFOS water contamination surrounding active and former military installations, including the former Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster and Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Horsham, as well as the Horsham Air Guard Station:

House Passes Right to Try Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Right to Try legislation introduced by Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) passed the House Wednesday evening by a bipartisan vote of 267-149. The bill – the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2018 [H.R. 5247] – follows months of negotiating and legislative efforts and improves access to experimental treatments for patients with terminal diseases or conditions. 

Bipartisan Heroin Task Force Urges Congress to Protect ONDCP’s Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, led by Representatives Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Annie Kuster (D-NH), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Donald Norcross (D-NJ), is urging Congress to protect the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)’s budget and keep its funding to at least current levels.  Additionally, the Task Force asked Congress to reject any further cuts to ONDCP’s funding, prevent reductions to its staff, and keep the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) and Drug-Free Communities (DFC) programs within ONDCP’s jurisdiction.

Bipartisan Heroin Task Force Urges Congress to Expand CARA Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, led by Representatives Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Annie Kuster (D-NH), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Donald Norcross (D-NJ), is urging Congress to provide expanded funding for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Currently, both the House and Senate FY 2018 appropriations bills provide funding for CARA, but there are differences in the funding levels. 

House to Vote on ‘Right to Try’ Tuesday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) and Andy Biggs (AZ-05), along with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced this weekend that an updated Right to Try proposal will be considered by the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The bill, formally being introduced today, will improve access to experimental treatments for patients with terminal diseases or conditions. 

Fitzpatrick honored with water “Champion” award

Bucks Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, R-8 of Middletown, received this week an inaugural “Champion” award from the Water Quality Association, a national trade association, for his work pursuing legislative solutions to drinking water contamination in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

“This is the first time we’ve presented awards to legislators,” said WQA spokesman Wes Bleed. “They’re meant to salute those public officials we believe are making water issues a top priority.”

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