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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Applauds House Passage of Several Bills to Address Drug Abuse

May 13, 2016
Press Release

This week, the United States House of Representatives passed several bills to address drug abuse and addiction in the U.S.

“This epidemic affects families and communities across the nation,” said Congressman Bilirakis. “But this issue is especially prevalent in our Veteran population, which is why I introduced the PROMISE Act to help address the many problems related to Veteran opioid use.”

On Tuesday, the House unanimously advanced Congressman Bilirakis’s Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act to help improve VA opioid safety, and provide Veterans with safe, personalized care to deal with their physical and invisible wounds. 

Bilirakis introduced this legislation following the tragic death of Marine Corps Corporal Jason Simcakoski at a VA Medical Facility. His death, caused by a mixed drug toxicity and the combination of various medications, was an avoidable tragedy.

 “It was truly an honor to have the Simcakoski family here on this memorable day,” Bilirakis added. “With this bill, we can prevent further tragedies and help our nation’s heroes in Jason’s name.”

On Wednesday, the House advanced several Energy and Commerce Committee bills that will update best practices for pain management, expand access to treatment, encourage more research and evidence based care, and require annual reports on substance abuse and treatment.

Congressman Bilirakis expressed his support for two pieces of legislation that include important provisions he has worked on. Click to watch his floor remarks on H.R. 4641 and H.R. 4978.

Today, the House concluded votes for the week following the passage of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act.

“These bills are all critical to our work in addressing the drug abuse crisis,” said Bilirakis. “I am proud we advanced real solutions to combat the growing opioid epidemic. We must continue working with health care professionals, experts, and patients to build on this legislative package and prevent further suffering.”

To read text of all legislation, click here