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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

Congressman MacArthur Cosponsors Bipartisan Bills to Combat Opioid Crisis

April 11, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman MacArthur, co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, announced he has cosponsored four bipartisan bills that will help South Jersey fight the opioid epidemic.

“Our country’s opioid crisis continues to devastate communities and take loved ones at an alarming rate,” said Congressman Tom MacArthur.  “This epidemic calls for a comprehensive approach with everyone—from both parties—working together to save lives. These bipartisan bills will address the accessibility of treatment for those suffering from substance abuse and prevent the misuse of prescription drugs.  The impact this crisis is having on families is heartbreaking and I will continue to cross party lines and support legislation that will save loved ones and help South Jersey communities.”

   Bipartisan bills include:

Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act of 2017 which requires the GAO to report on inpatient and outpatient treatment capacity, availability, and needs, including treatment programs for pregnant women or adolescents. (Original Sponsor: Rep. Bill Foster D-IL)

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Accessibility Act of 2017 which permits the Department of Health and Human Services to make loans and loan guarantees for construction or renovation of psychiatric or substance abuse treatment facilities. (Original Sponsor: Rep. Derek Kilmer D-WA)

Prescriber Support Act of 2017 which authorize HHS to award grants to states for systems that help prescribers: (1) treat and manage patient pain; and (2) prevent, identify, and respond to patient substance misuse and substance abuse disorders. (Original Sponsor: Rep. Katherine Clark D-MA)

Servicemembers and Veterans Prescription Drug Safety Act which directs DOD and DOJ provide for a prescription drug take-back program for members of the Armed Forces and veterans. (Original Sponsor: Rep. Matt Cartwright D-PA)

Additionally, Congressman MacArthur has sponsored the following bipartisan bills, which also help fight the opioid crisis:

Synthetic Drug Awareness Act  (Original Sponsor: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries D-NY)

Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act ( Original Sponsor: Rep. Katherine Clarke D-MA)

Addiction Recovery for Rural Communities Act (Original Sponsor: Rep. Cheri Bustos  D-IL)

Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act (Original Sponsor: Rep. Paul Tonko  D-NY)

Improve Addiction Education Act  (Original Sponsor: Rep. Don Norcross D-NJ)

INTERDICT Act, which is now law. (Original Sponsor: Rep. Nikki Tsongas D-MA)