Two opioid bills pass out of committee onto House floor

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Two bills to combat the opioid epidemic authored by U.S. Rep. David Trone (D-MD) have passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and are headed to the House floor.

The bills, the State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act and the Family Support Services for Addiction Act, take a comprehensive approach to the addiction crisis, Trone’s office said in a statement.

The State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act would provide $9 billion in funding over six years for state and tribal governments. Trone introduced the bill after hearing from treatment providers that their success depended on consistent federal funding.

The Family Support Services for Addiction Act is designed to help families struggling with substance use disorders. Trone, who lost his 24-year-old nephew Ian to a fentanyl overdose, said the legislation would create “a $25 million grant program over five years to help national and local nonprofit organizations provide family support services for addiction treatment.”

“I came to Congress with a mission to get legislation passed that would seriously address the opioid crisis that took my nephew Ian’s life and is killing our family and friends on a daily basis,” Trone said. “Addiction is a disease that touches every community across America, and we need bold, united action to put an end to this senseless loss of life. I want to commend Chairman Frank Pallone for understanding the urgency of the opioid and addiction crisis in America and for working to make sure these two bills moved successfully through the Energy and Commerce Committee.”

The passage of the bills out of committee comes during National Recovery Month, which Trone has sought to highlight. Trone has said ending the addiction crisis is his top priority in Congress. He founded the Freshmen Working Group on Addiction and has introduced more than 30 pieces of legislation to address the addiction epidemic.

Part of the National Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking, Trone announced last week a bipartisan, bicameral effort in Congress to highlight National Recover Month through efforts all month to address the importance of mental health and substance use disorder treatment.

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