With Rep. Stewart’s Support, Opioid Bill Passes the House

With the strong support of Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), the House passed S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act conference report by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 407-5.

CARA is the bipartisan and bicameral package of 18 bills to fight the opioid epidemic.

This legislation gives states and local communities more flexibility to attack the opioid abuse issues that are unique to their communities. It also updates best practices for prescribers of pain medication and improves drug abuse programs.

Rep. Stewart has been an outspoken leader in the fight to address prescription drug and opioid abuse, as Utah is unfortunately ranked 5th in the nation in most opioid related deaths.

“78 Americans are dying each day from opioid drug overdoses, surpassing the number of Americans that die each day in car crashes,” Stewart said. “These drug addictions are destroying opportunities and devastating families and communities across the country. That’s why I’m proud that the House of Representatives has acted to pass legislation that addresses the root of the problem and will help get our family, friends and neighbors back on the road to recovery. The Senate needs to pass this legislation quickly and I urge the President to sign this into law.”

The legislative package is supported by over 200 addiction advocacy groups. For more information on the legislation, click here.

Watch the speech Rep. Stewart gave on the Floor of the House urging action to combat the Opioid epidemic.