Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Cook Votes for Comprehensive Bill to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Sep 28, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted today for HR 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. The bill passed overwhelmingly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, 1,000 people are treated for opioid misuse in emergency departments per day and an average of 115 Americans die per day. The opioid crisis has also created a massive burden on our economy, causing the loss of almost 1 million workers between 1999 and 2015 and the loss of $702 billion in real output.

HR 6 is a bipartisan bill that will advance treatment and recovery initiatives, improve prevention, protect our communities, and bolster efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl.

Specifically, the bill includes several provisions, including:

Treatment and Recovery

 - Improve and expand access to treatment and recovery services
 - Provide incentives for enhanced care, coordination, and innovation
 - Establish comprehensive opioid recovery centers 

Prevention
 - Encourage non-addictive opioid alternatives to treat pain
 - Improves data to identify and help at-risk patients
 - Address high prescribing rate while enhancing prescription drug monitoring programs

Protecting Communities
 - Give law enforcement tools to get dangerous drugs out of our communities
 - Better intercept illicit opioids at international mail facilities
 - Improve access to federal resources for local communities

Fighting Fentanyl
 - Better tackle ever-changing synthetic drugs
 - Crack down on foreign shipments of illicit drugs
 - Provide grants for local communities to combat fentanyl

Rep. Cook said, “The opioid crisis has continued to spiral out of control, wreaking havoc on families and burdening the economy. This year, Congress has already passed an unprecedented amount of legislation targeting the opioid crisis and this bill is another important step. I look forward to this legislation becoming law.”

For a complete look at legislation Congress has passed targeting the opioid crisis, please visit: energycommerce.house.gov/opioids-legislation/

A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

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