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Latta Talks Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis, Threat of Fentanyl


WASHINGTON, DC – The opioid crisis continues to ravage our communities. During the District Work Period, #SubDCCP Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH) participated in a number of local events to talk about his efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

Chairman Latta discussed his legislation, H.R. 4284, the Indexing Narcotics, Fentanyl, and Opioids (INFO) Act, which will direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create a public and easily accessible electronic dashboard linking to all of the nationwide efforts and strategies to combat the opioid crisis. H.R. 4284 passed the House in June by voice vote, before being added to H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, which passed the House in June by a vote of 396-14.

While meeting with local first responders, Chairman Latta also talked about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine.

“We’re talking about small amounts of a drug, that just contact can put you down,” Chairman Latta told WTOL TV.

It’s imperative that the Senate pass H.R. 6, sending it to President Trump’s desk to become law. 

First responders are encouraged to check out these safety recommendations, which were released earlier this year from the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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.

Rep. Latta: More dying from opioid epidemic

… In 2016, 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. Last year it was 72,000, or nearly twice as many as 10 years earlier.

Latta said he has hopes for a bill he authored, which passed the House in June. His proposed measure, now being considered by the Senate, would establish a database for information and resources that can be used by health care providers, state and local governments, pharmacists, advocates and law enforcement.

It also would track federal funding being used to combat the epidemic.

He said his bill was sparked by conversations with people and groups who said there is still a lack of information about how to create strategies that can address the epidemic.

“By listening to them, we put together a piece of legislation we call the INFO Act, which allows you to go online to find the help, but most importantly, to find where the money is,” Latta said.

It would make it easier for communities and groups to access federal grants to fight the drug epidemic.

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Daybreak: Fentanyl safety plan for first responders

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Protecting rescue crews from overdose

Toledo Fire Chief Brian Byrd and Toledo Police Chief George Kral met this morning with Congressman Bob Latta to discuss ways to help safety forces protect themselves from accidentally overdosing if they touch fentanyl while on a rescue run.

Toledo Police Chief George Kral says “We’ve seen things in the past month that we haven’t seen ever.” Toledo Fire Chief Brian Byrd says people who call 9-1-1 have to give operators as much information about the situation as they can so rescue crews know what they’re walking into. “We’re dealing with substances that are unknown that are affecting people in unknown ways that can also affect us in unknown ways,” says Byrd.

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