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House passes Faso's opioid education bill

Jun 13, 2018 11:54 am
In a June 12 press release Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) "applauded the passage of H.R. 5685, the Medicare Opioid Safety Education Act of 2018 by voice vote." The bill only passed in the U.S. House, and needs Senate and presidential approval to become law. "This bill will improve efforts to educate seniors on alternatives to traditional opioid pain medication through the Medicare Part D program," Faso's press release said about the bill he sponsored. “Nearly one in three seniors on Medicare Part D were prescribed an opioid during 2016. That statistic underlines just how prevalent the use of opioid pain killers is among seniors, who often are dealing with issues stemming from chronic pain,” said Faso in the press release. “One of the best ways to combat the opioid crisis is to better educate the public on these risks, and to educate them on alternatives. I am glad this common-sense legislation has passed the House and will be included in a large package of opioid bills being sent to the Senate.” On June 12 Faso also voted for the Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act, which got 383 votes, with 13 Republicans voting against.