WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier this year, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee spotlighted legislation to help combat the opioid crisis. The series explained just a handful of the 57 legislative solutions that the committee advanced earlier this year.
Today we revisit Rep. Tim Walberg’s (R-MI) video discussing H.R. 5009, Jessie’s Law, a bipartisan bill that will ensure medical professionals have access to a consenting patient’s comprehensive health history when making decisions on treatment. H.R. 5009 is named after Jessie Grubb, a Michigan native who tragically overdosed on opioids she was given after a medical procedure, despite being in recovery from an opioid addiction in her past.
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After a standalone vote on Jessie’s Law, this legislation was incorporated into H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. H.R. 5009 passed the House by voice vote and H.R. 6 passed the House by a vote of 396-14.
“It’s a heartbreaking and entirely preventable story,” said Rep. Walberg.
Combating the opioid crisis has long been a top priority at Energy and Commerce. Our current efforts have been moving forward on two tracks: advancing collaborative, bipartisan legislative solutions and continuing investigations into several key issues that have contributed to the crisis. Taken together, this is the most significant congressional effort against a single drug crisis in history. It is imperative that the Senate quickly follow suit, sending H.R. 6 to President Trump’s desk to become law.