Exponent Telegram: U.S. House committee considers opioid legislation, passes bills introduced by Rep. McKinley

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Washington, May 10, 2018 | comments
Three opioid-related bills and one amendment introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives by a West Virginia representative were passed by the Energy and Commerce Committee this week.
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Three opioid-related bills and one amendment introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives by a West Virginia representative were passed by the Energy and Commerce Committee this week.

The committee began a legislative markup this week, during which it has been considering several pieces of legislation related to the opioid crisis.

During the first day of the markup, 28 bills were considered. Among those were three bills and one amendment which were introduced to congress by Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., who is also a member of the committee.

"During every meeting we hold in the district, the opioid crisis is the number one concern. We brought our constituents’ feedback with us to Washington, and introduced several bills to address these issues," McKinley said. "Our legislation would expand access to treatment for overdose survivors while in the emergency room; develop alternatives to opioids for pain management; and would ensure that medical professionals are educated on our nation’s privacy and disclosure laws, ensuring they know when to inform family members when their loved one receive treatment for opioid addiction."

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