Sep 17 2018

Shelby Supports Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement in support of the Senate’s passage of H.R. 6, "The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018," by a vote of 99 – 1: 

“I am proud to have supported this significant legislation that will aid in combatting a crisis that is affecting nearly every community in the nation,” said Senator Shelby.  “We have worked in a bicameral, bipartisan effort to fight the dangerous opioid epidemic and present viable solutions for prevention.  I look forward to getting this bill to the President’s desk for his signature.”

The legislation includes the STOP Act, which helps improve detection of illegal drugs at the border.  It also improves the sharing of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs data between states. Along with efforts to reduce the use and supply of these dangerous drugs, the bill aims to drive innovation and long-term solutions for the opioid epidemic, including spurring development of new non-addictive pain killers.

This opioid legislation represents the bipartisan effort of over 70 U.S. Senators and includes proposals from the Senate Committees on:  Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Finance; Judiciary; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Last Thursday, the Senate and House Appropriations Conference Committee came to an agreement on H.R. 6157, which includes $3.8 billion for opioid funding, an increase of $206 million above the Fiscal Year 2018 enacted level.