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house Bill H.R. 5197

Should a Grant Program Help Hospitals & ERs Use Alternatives to Opioids for Pain Management?

Argument in favor

This commonsense, bipartisan bill would authorize a three year grant program to help hospitals & ERs develop procedures to limit the use of opioids, thereby reducing the number of people who become addicted.

anatidae's Opinion
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06/12/2018
To curb opioid addiction, hospitals need to be allowed to use alternatives.
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Christine's Opinion
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06/12/2018
Yes! How about chiropractic treatment? Acupuncture? Cranio-sacral therapy? Legal medical cannabis? How about other alternative treatments that are effective? Get insurance companies to cover those effective treatments and positive results will ensue.
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06/13/2018
Doctors should have the freedom to treat their patients as they see fit. Not scared to prescribes certain treatments if they believe the treatment is the best option.
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Argument opposed

Hospitals and emergency rooms should implement alternative protocols for limiting the use of opioids for pain management without the help of federal grants.

OldTimer's Opinion
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06/12/2018
There are several reasons to vote no on this issue. 1. Do we really want congressmen and senators probably not trained in medicine to be our Drs? 2. If you would find yourself in the ER in serious pain. Say, from being in a car wreck as an example. Do you want your Dr limited to giving you an Tylenol for pain? Or perhaps bringing out aspirin as the heavy pain med? And of course soothing music is always a good option. 3. How has political correctness gotten to the point to where we can’t even tell the truth for fear of hurting someone’s feelings that we would rather blame a nonentity. Like blaming Drs instead of pointing to the bad players and say You did this. 4. We all know where the opioids are coming from and it is not from dr’s. They are not coming from a prescription, they are coming across our unsecured southern border. Simple as that. Somehow saying something is coming across our southern border is equated with racism. I have no idea how that math adds up. 5. The plain and simple truth is we know where the opioids causing all of these serious issues are coming from. Who is sending them here illegally? I don’t know who, it could be someone of any nationality but, there are two facts we know. The illegal opioids are coming across the Mexican border and the chemicals for making Fenantyl and Carfentanyl are for the most part coming from China. 6. The way to deal with this very serious issue is to quit blaming Drs and the pharmaceutical industry, secure the border and make bringing illegal opioids and/or the chemicals used to make them it a major offense with extreme consequences if caught and found guilty.
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Dave's Opinion
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06/12/2018
How about we tax the crap out of the doctors, hospital, middle man and drug companies (mainly the pushers) for causing this problem, instead of rewarding them!
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Seth's Opinion
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06/12/2018
The answer to the opioid epidemic is the legalization of cannabis at the federal level and the immediate release and expunging of records for anyone convicted of non-violent drug crimes. In the mean time, we should be making it more difficult for doctors to prescribe these medications. Perhaps with a tax that the doctor must pay that would be equal to or greater than any monetary rewards offered by the pharmaceutical company to sell it.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • The house Passed June 12th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedMarch 7th, 2018

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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • The house Passed June 12th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedMarch 7th, 2018

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Bill Activity

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    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
  • action
    Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
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    Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • calendar
    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
  • action
    Mr. Walden moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • action
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • action
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5197.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
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    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
    To curb opioid addiction, hospitals need to be allowed to use alternatives.
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    There are several reasons to vote no on this issue. 1. Do we really want congressmen and senators probably not trained in medicine to be our Drs? 2. If you would find yourself in the ER in serious pain. Say, from being in a car wreck as an example. Do you want your Dr limited to giving you an Tylenol for pain? Or perhaps bringing out aspirin as the heavy pain med? And of course soothing music is always a good option. 3. How has political correctness gotten to the point to where we can’t even tell the truth for fear of hurting someone’s feelings that we would rather blame a nonentity. Like blaming Drs instead of pointing to the bad players and say You did this. 4. We all know where the opioids are coming from and it is not from dr’s. They are not coming from a prescription, they are coming across our unsecured southern border. Simple as that. Somehow saying something is coming across our southern border is equated with racism. I have no idea how that math adds up. 5. The plain and simple truth is we know where the opioids causing all of these serious issues are coming from. Who is sending them here illegally? I don’t know who, it could be someone of any nationality but, there are two facts we know. The illegal opioids are coming across the Mexican border and the chemicals for making Fenantyl and Carfentanyl are for the most part coming from China. 6. The way to deal with this very serious issue is to quit blaming Drs and the pharmaceutical industry, secure the border and make bringing illegal opioids and/or the chemicals used to make them it a major offense with extreme consequences if caught and found guilty.
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    How about we tax the crap out of the doctors, hospital, middle man and drug companies (mainly the pushers) for causing this problem, instead of rewarding them!
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    The answer to the opioid epidemic is the legalization of cannabis at the federal level and the immediate release and expunging of records for anyone convicted of non-violent drug crimes. In the mean time, we should be making it more difficult for doctors to prescribe these medications. Perhaps with a tax that the doctor must pay that would be equal to or greater than any monetary rewards offered by the pharmaceutical company to sell it.
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    Yes! How about chiropractic treatment? Acupuncture? Cranio-sacral therapy? Legal medical cannabis? How about other alternative treatments that are effective? Get insurance companies to cover those effective treatments and positive results will ensue.
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    Not certain any for-profit hospital that spends millions on marketing needs a grant to alter a rational decision to use less opioids. When the for-profit insurance mafia industry is abolished and hospitals focus again on providing health care, then we can talk.
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    The government should stay out of healthcare. Let the doctors practice medicine not the congress. The congress isn’t even licensed to do so, but by passing these laws you are tying doctors hands, and in effect, practicing medicine. They are also causing a conflict of interest for doctors. Instead of the doctor treating the patient to the best of his/her ability, they have to choose between lining their pocket with grant money or losing that grant because they prescribe too many opioids.
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    It’s deeply ironic that the same conservatives arguing that they don’t want politicians not trained in medicine to make their decision for them regarding pain medication are totally willing to force their ideas on women, homosexuals, and transgender people. It’s so transparently hypocritical, it’s pathetic. Body Autonomy folks. You can’t have it both ways. As far as the grants, in general I’m opposed to giving money to the people who created the problem in the first place. Make the drug companies pay for it. They are fundamentally responsible for the proliferation of opiates.
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    Doctors should have the freedom to treat their patients as they see fit. Not scared to prescribes certain treatments if they believe the treatment is the best option.
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    Once again bringing in the Government to control our Health and our Care is a horrible idea! Start where the problem begins! Build the damn wall and stop these illegals and the loads they bring into our country and you will stop a majority of these insane laws, grants and everything else we are wasting our damn money on!
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    I injured my back in December of 1992 and I’ve lived with chronic pain ever since. I’ve been through several “alternative” pain control techniques and I haven’t ever been impressed with them. I’ve been using Opioid pain medications for years now and I’ve been very successful with them. I no longer get any euphoria from them, and they don’t get me high in any way. They just work on the pain and that’s all I need them for.
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    There are many things you can use. Local anesthetics, gabapentin, amantadine, NSAIDS, acupuncture, chiropractics. We NEED the opioids for surgery and medical pain management for profound pain.
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    Stop Congress from trying to be my doctor.
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    Wrong to limit options. Pain is pain, until you have it you have no clue. Acute pain while in a hospital needs real medicine, not psychobabble. Touchy feely does not work. Legalize cannabis to expand options. CBD oil is very effective, let’s explore that option why don’t we?
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    Hospitals don’t need this and it’s a false flag / “See what I did” election year feel good bill. The problem with pain management is that doctors don’t have real alternatives to opioids for severe pain. It seems odd to me that the “Opioid Crisis”only started becoming noticeable when the hysteria about Methamphetamines cooled off. Before that, cocaine and crack were destroying our way of life. Enough hysteria! Make real efforts to control excessive opioid pain distribution the focus. Make treatment available to anyone with an addiction, not just the drug crisis du jour. Educate doctors, nurses, etc to the realities of addictions and how they work rather than putting the fear of hell into them that if they prescribe opiates they will lose their license and end up in the streets with the “addict” they created. Please do something that will actually help for a change.
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    More options means more control for patients over their own health, over their own life. T
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    Also make it illegal for drug companies to pander to doctors
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    This should not be funded by taxpayers. Pharmaceutical companies should be responsible for implementing programs to treat addiction.
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    This is a doctor’s responsibility-they need to go back to med school if that’s their only solution. Perhaps med school need to loose government (tax payer) funding if they’re not teaching healthy pain management.
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    ER and hospital settings are where opioids are most needed. We are not going to solve the illegal fentanyl overdose problem by refusing to treat pain in the ER.
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