Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Reverse its Mistake on Opioids

Mar 28, 2018
Press Release

Today, in an exclusive USA Today editorial, the Blue Dog Coalition’s Special Task Force on Rural America called on Congress to repeal the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016.

In October 2017,  the Washington Post and “60 Minutes” revealed that the Act has severely restricted the ability of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to investigate and discipline opioid distributors suspected of illegal behavior. Six months later, Congress has yet to reverse its grave mistake.

Exclusive: Congress is feeding opioid addiction with this bill. Why haven't they repealed it yet?
By Reps. Jim Cooper (D-TN) and Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ)
USA Today
March 28, 2018

“The opioid epidemic continues to rage across America, tearing families and communities apart. In 2016, 64,070 Americans died from drug overdose, usually with opioids. That’s more than the entire number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War. Today, drugs are more dangerous than traffic accidents.

“The job of Congress is to stop the epidemic, or at least ease the crisis. The last thing Congress should do is make it worse.”

Click here to read the full editorial.