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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Representing the 10th District of Virginia

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Rep. Comstock’s Opioid Bill Passes House of Representatives

June 12, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after H.R. 5473, the Better Pain Management Through Better Data Act of 2018, legislation designed to reduce the use of opioids where possible and reduce the threat of addiction, was passed by the House of Representatives:

“Today the House has taken another bipartisan common sense step in dealing with the scourge of opioids by passing the Better Pain Management Through Better Data Act, which I introduced with Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) earlier this year.  We must continue to fight the disease of addiction and this legislation done in conjunction with a series of related bills this week will tackle different facets of this deadly epidemic.  My legislation will facilitate better clinical data on non-opioid alternatives so physicians have more prescribing options and fewer opioids are prescribed, lowering the risk of addiction.  Medical use of opioids should be a decision that is made with care and this bill will better inform the choices made by patients and physicians who need accessible data when considering treatments.”

You can read the legislation here.