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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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    This approach is already starting to be used in hospitals around the country. Some have even found their prescriptions for opioids dropped by 54%! We need the people who already have experience in this lead us in developing national standards.
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    Of course. No question.
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    Looks good to me! I don’t see any issues with this program. Anything we can do to limit unnecessary opioid use.
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    Alternative medicine can be powerful. All options should be explored.
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    Yes, help hospitals find other means and prevent people from being addicted. This is common sense.
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    I am not in support of my elected politicians practicing medicine. This is, in effect, what they are doing when they enact legislation to limit doctors prescribing of any medication. Additionally, they haven’t (and apparently don’t plan to) address the issue of patients who truly need opioids for real pain.
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    Not for the federal government to deal with. Hospitals should deal with this on their own.
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    Legal pot and let patients use that.
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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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    Opioids are killing people daily. Non addictive pain management is absolutely necessary.
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    It is a giod tgings ti keep peoole from becoming addicted.
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    WE NEED TO MAKE EVERY ATTEMPT TO CURB THE USE OF PRESCRIBED OPIOIDS, SINCE THESE ARE SO ADDICTING!
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    Legalize cannabis now. People are dying.
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    It was not me that started them on opioids. Why should my tax dollars be given to drug users, when you arrest folks for small amounts of marijuana? People have to learn to ween off pain medications and it also is the responsibility of the prescribing doctor. I do understand their plight but it is not me that prescribed that in the first place. No!
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    It’s a start but doctors AND patients need to learn to live with some pain. We should never be using meds to the point they become a crutch to addiction.
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    Yes, but keep in mind there are patients in chronic pain. There is a group of people that need opioid. I think when it comes to hospital stays, sometimes we need to feel some of the pain of recovery. So as to not overdo it.
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    I suffer from chronic pain from a disease I have, from time to time I may have to go to ER with excruciating pain & a pain cycle that needs to be broken, thanks to throwing the baby away with the bath water, the last time I went, the doctors couldn't treat me correctly because of all the hoops they have to jump through to use opioids for the correct patients, I wish all these aholes who are leaving chronic pain sufferers with no choice but eventual suicide to enjoy this experience
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    Let’s be realistic, there is no pharmaceutical company that will willingly pay for alternatives to opioids for pain management, and there is no hospital with the incentive and money to do this on their own. Though they have doctors devoted to helping others, there is no way that they can get enough money to pay for new alternatives for everyone. This bill is saying that there should be a fund, not a direct fix. With the situation we are in, with doctors giving too much opioids and patients abusing it, this is a good idea in light of this. Realistically speaking, there is no way government can keep out of this crisis, because it is that: a crisis. So, pass this bill, and let’s at least try to fix this addiction that is plaguing our children.
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    Not every scratch needs hydros not every war vets wife need Xanax to deal with her husband who needs them more
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    seems like a common sense bill
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