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Combating the Opioid Crisis: Walberg Spotlights Jessie’s Law


08.10.18

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.


Click HERE to watch the video

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.

To learn more about Energy and Commerce’s comprehensive efforts to combat the opioid crisis, click here. To learn more about the House’s comprehensive efforts to combat the opioid crisis, click here.

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