Budd Cosponsors Bill to Combat Opioid Crisis
The opioid epidemic has hit our communities rapidly over the past few years. In 2015 our state saw more than 1,000 lives lost from opioid-related causes.Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) released the following statement regarding his co-sponsorship of the Restoring Enforcement Standards to Track Opioids Responsively Act (HR 4079). The bill was introduced by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and aims to restore the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to extract tough penalties from pharmaceutical companies that fulfill suspect shipments for opioid-based painkillers.
“The opioid epidemic has hit our communities rapidly over the past few years. In 2015 our state saw more than 1,000 lives lost from opioid-related causes. I am grateful for the incredible leadership and work to combat this epidemic demonstrated by our local government and community groups, but we should also look to give law enforcement every possible tool in the toolkit to fight the epidemic. Pill diversions to corrupt pain clinics are a major part of the problem, and this bill gives the Drug Enforcement Administration the capability it needs to fight back.”
Additional co-sponsors include: Representatives Sinema (D-AZ), Comstock (R-VA), Keating, (D-MA), Jenkins (R-WV), Kuster (D-NH) Peterson (D-MN), Clark (D-MA), Rogers, (R-KY), Walz (D-MN) Lynch (D-MA).