Bill S.2680, better known as The Opioids Crisis Response Act of 2018, passed the United States Senate by a 99-1 vote is aimed at providing funding to states that are being hit hard with the opioid epidemic.
Five Senate committees and more than 70 legislators put together the bill and both Delaware Senators applauded the passing on September 17, 2018.
“The Opioids Crisis Response Act of 2018, which was approved overwhelmingly by the Senate tonight, is a major step forward in our efforts to combat the deadly opioid crisis with smart and effective policies that we know will help save lives,” said Senator Tom Carper. “Delaware has most certainly not been immune to this crisis with opioids taking hundreds of lives each year, tearing families apart and putting an unsustainable strain on our emergency rooms and first responders. Last month alone, 39 Delawareans lost their lives to opioid-related overdoses. That’s 39 families in the First State whose lives have been altered forever, and 39 deaths that might have been prevented. I’m proud to have authored portions of this package and commend my Senate colleagues for coming together to pass bipartisan and common sense solutions that will help address this heartbreaking public health crisis in a meaningful way. While there is no silver bullet to solve this epidemic, substantive legislation like The Opioids Crisis Response Act of 2018 will help to implement practical solutions that can help prevent more tragedies in Delaware and around the country.”
Senator Chris Coons noted the act is a good first step but that there is a still work to be done on the opioid epidemic front.
“Congress must do more to protect communities that have been plagued by the opioid epidemic and the illegal distribution of prescription medications,” said Coons. “I’m pleased that Republicans and Democrats worked together to pass this legislation today, and I’m proud that this package includes a commonsense provision based on my bill with Senator Gardner, that requires GAO to submit to Congress a report analyzing the utility of real-time reporting of suspicious orders by the Drug Enforcement Agency. I’m eager to continue working with my colleagues to keep our communities safer and healthier.”
The next step for the Bill S.2680 is to be voted on by the House of Representatives.