Two Bilirakis Bills Become Law as Part of Opioid Package
The office of Congressman Gus Bilirakis is pleased to announce that H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, has just been signed into law. This bipartisan legislative package will strengthen our continued efforts to combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting our communities, and bolstering our efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl. Two provisions Congressman Bilirakis-authored were included in this new law. One, H.R. 5675, requires high risk Medicare enrollees to participate in a mandatory drug management program, commonly referred to as a Lock-In. Participants select one pharmacy (can be a chain or independent pharmacy) at which to receive all medication. This improves care coordination by a medical professionals and helps prevent abuse or accidental overdose. This is particularly important given that more than half of the people who overdose in Pasco County are over the age of 65.
The second Bilirakis initiative to become law through this package is his Sober Home Fraud Detection bill (H.R. 6092). This legislation provides standards for Sober Living Homes. There have sadly been several cases of addicts seeking treatment at one of these unregulated facilities who have been exploited. The Congressman believes there must be accountability for anyone seeking to profit from the exploitation of those who are suffering.
These two newest Bilirakis-authored provisions mark the 25th initiative the veteran lawmaker has written that have become law since 2015. For a complete list, click here.
“These two newest laws will save lives, and I am proud of that. I am also grateful for the chance to celebrate my body of legislative work over the last two terms,” said Congressman Bilirakis. “These laws may not be the flashiest, headline-grabbing initiatives, but they are improving the lives of millions of Americans. The vast majority of the items are bi-partisan, and passed as part of a larger legislative package. That’s the way I work, behind the scenes and across the aisle--not caring about getting credit, but rather about doing what is best for our country, my constituents and our community,” said Bilirakis.