Rep. Curbelo Votes to Make South Florida a Healthier Place for Families

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Washington, May 13, 2016 | comments

Washington, D.C.—This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a package of eighteen bills to aid in the fight against opioid abuse throughout the country. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) proudly voted in favor of these bills to help make South Florida and our nation a safer and healthier place for all.

Several bills that were incorporated in the package include:

  • H.R. 4641  is a bill that would establish a Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force which would appraise, alter, and update medical best practices for pain management and pain medication prescriptions.
  • House Amendment to S. 524the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, would fund grants for opioid treatment services and first-responder training in using anti-overdose drugs.
  • H.R. 5046the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act would establish two Justice Department grant programs to help fight opioid abuse: one for states, one to aid veterans.  State grants authorized at $103 million through FY 2021 would fund a range of programs including treatment alternatives to incarceration.

“Opioid abuse is an epidemic that unfortunately affects citizens of all socioeconomic classes and all regions across the country. These eighteen bills will help to combat the misuse of drugs and make our neighborhoods safer places for everyone. Addiction is a disease, and it’s important that we do what we can to help the individuals and their families who are struggling with this serious problem. I am optimistic that the passage of this bill package will elicit positive changes in our communities.”

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