Rep. Rob Woodall says House, local leaders working on bills to address opioid crisis

June 25, 2018
In The News

The office of U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., had one message for the public this past week: Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are working with local leaders to address the opioid crisis in America.

Woodall’s office is highlighting the work done locally by officials such as Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Kathy Schrader and state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, to spotlight the need for additional resources in local communities to fight opioid addiction.

Work between members of the House and local officials have led to a flurry of bills, including more than half a dozen that were scheduled for votes in the chamber over the past week.

“Individuals and families are being irreparably damaged by opioid abuse and addiction,” Woodall said. “Sadly, there is no cure-all or quick fix to this problem facing our community and our country, but long-term solutions can only be achieved together, and that partnership is exactly what these bills are intended to leverage.”

Woodall’s office said more than 70 bills in all have been approved by the House of Representatives in recent weeks and months to address the opioid crisis across the country.

Some bills his office highlighted were the Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act 2018, the Synthetic Drug Awareness Act of 2017, the Indexing Narcotics, Fentanyl and Opioids Act of 2017 and the Preventing Overdoses While in Emergency Rooms Act, which would require protocols and a grant program to be developed to addresses overdoses in hospital ERs.

“For too long, substance abuse, especially opioid abuse, has hurt families in our community,” Schrader said. “As a result of the opioid crisis, many communities now recognize the lack of resources available to support their citizens. I’m grateful to all our local and federal leaders such as Sen. Unterman, Rep. Woodall and many more for their willingness to address this crisis with collaboration, evidenced-based treatment and resources.”

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