Jun 15 2018
Another busy week on Capitol Hill, as we are planning on passing 34 opioid-related bills this month. Three bills I co-sponsored passed the House this week:
The Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act, which permits hospice staff to safely dispose of unused controlled substances following a patient’s death. Did you know under current law, unused medications automatically go to the patient’s family who may abuse or sell them? Our hope is that this legislation will reduce the risks of drug diversion.
The Results Act, which would require any applicant for a loan or grant from HHS that would be used to implement an intervention program or activity regarding mental health or substance abuse disorders to demonstrate that their treatment program or activity is evidence-based.
The Medicare Opioid Safety Education Act of 2018 to help educate seniors on pain management and alternative pain management treatments, as well as including these resources in the “Medicare and You” Handbook.
Yesterday, I was on Bloomberg to discuss the impact tax reform and trade have on Ohio. These two issues provide a unique situation for our state, and I will continue to look out for the best interests of Ohioans as your representative. View here.
I appreciate all the Ohio members who are coming together to fight against the loss we are seeing because of addition. Read the Dispatch piece: On both sides of Capitol Hill, talk is on how to stop opioid epidemic
Washington Wrap Up
In honor of my friend and colleague Rep. Steve Scalise, my DC office participated in the blood drive on Capitol Hill for World Blood Donor Day. Later on Wednesday, we experienced a powerful moment seeing Steve’s triumphant return to the field for the Congressional Baseball Game.
Eight veterans were interviewed by my district office this week for the Veterans History Project (VHP) through the Library of Congress. I would like to thank Joseph Rodgers at the Wadsworth American Legion for coordinating these interviews and, of course, thank you to all the veterans for your service and commitment to our country.
My district staff also attended the Public Officials Recognition Breakfast at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This breakfast was held through the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture to recognize public officials who place an important role on arts and culture in the community.
As always, thanks for allowing me to represent the 16th district in our nation’s capital.