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house Bill H.R. 6

Congress's Bipartisan Opioid Crisis Response Bill

Argument in favor

This bipartisan bill is an important step in stemming the tide of opioid addiction by improving prevention and public health efforts, in addition to enhancing treatment and recovery programs.

John's Opinion
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06/22/2018
What is really needed is universal single payer healthcare, cradle to grave.
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Dara's Opinion
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06/21/2018
I am reluctantly supporting this bill so we can get treatment started but it doesn’t hold Big Pharma companies responsible. They should pay every cent for treatment, they created and caused this crisis.
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Heather's Opinion
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06/22/2018
I am a social worker in a community clinic and it happens all the time - people WANT treatment they are ready. But then they have to wait on a two month ling liat to get help?? Motivation is a tricky thing with folks who struggle with addiction. You have to be able to connect them with services RIGHT when they ask, because the window of opportunity may quickly close again.
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Argument opposed

While this bill makes important improvements to prevention and treatment programs, it doesn’t hold opioid companies financially accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic.

Gabo's Opinion
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06/21/2018
Opiod pharma companies should be accountable and pay for part of the damages! Who is regulating those companies! Fix the root cause not only the symptoms!!!
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RadicalModerate's Opinion
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06/22/2018
Let big pharma pay. It’s called incentivizing responsible marketing in a “self regulating free market”.
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Anthony's Opinion
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06/22/2018
Big Pharma knows what its doing. Hold them accountable.
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  • EnactedOctober 24th, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed September 17th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 99 Yea / 1 Nay
  • The house Passed June 22nd, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 396 Yea / 14 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Ways and Means
      Health
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJune 13th, 2018

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    What is really needed is universal single payer healthcare, cradle to grave.
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    Opiod pharma companies should be accountable and pay for part of the damages! Who is regulating those companies! Fix the root cause not only the symptoms!!!
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    I am reluctantly supporting this bill so we can get treatment started but it doesn’t hold Big Pharma companies responsible. They should pay every cent for treatment, they created and caused this crisis.
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    I am a social worker in a community clinic and it happens all the time - people WANT treatment they are ready. But then they have to wait on a two month ling liat to get help?? Motivation is a tricky thing with folks who struggle with addiction. You have to be able to connect them with services RIGHT when they ask, because the window of opportunity may quickly close again.
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    Let big pharma pay. It’s called incentivizing responsible marketing in a “self regulating free market”.
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    Big Pharma knows what its doing. Hold them accountable.
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    Universal Healthcare NOW.
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    I am a chronic pain patient. I have fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, sculiosis, and osteoarthritis. When I am in storm or hurricane season, the tramodol that I use barely touches it. My doctor (because of the opioid laws) cut my dosage from 3 times a day to 2. I (under these new laws) have to get a written prescription each month. My doctor is closed the later part of the week. My prescription runs out about that time. By law, I can't get the prescription early so I have to do without until the next week. This pain level is unbearable. It makes all of my diseases act up at the same time. I am bedridden. I know there are people who abuse these drugs. There should be a compromise for chronic pain patients like me.
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    Who are we kidding, tho! The Stable Genius is cutting funding for so many medical programs. We could want this all we want, but there won’t be money to cover it!
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    Its always surrounding the opiod (white people) crisis, lets focus on other drugs in inner cities and poverty stricken areas, thanks :)
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    What I would like to see in this bill is protection for those who truly need opiates. I myself have chronic pain and have been taking buprenorphine. Now I can't get it because the law has changed due to the panic over addiction.
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    Don’t punish law abiding people who have chronic pain and must use opioids for pain relief. As a disabled veteran on a fixed income the VA is my only option.
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    The epidemic is an illicit fentanyl epidemic. Lawmakers have made so many in pain due to these laws that affect the chronically ill. Stop blaming patients that hurt. T
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    This bill needs to require the drug manufacturers to foot the bill for treatment not the taxpayers. Also the FDA should be required to make the drug manufacturers stop promoting opioids to doctors as a first step in pain management. Finally the drug manufacturers should pay for drug education/presentation programs as part of this bill.
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    What about pharmaceutical companies paying for the opioid treatment since they made these pills?
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    Now who says a Republican can’t come up with a program to improve healthcare without taking healthcare away from citizens? This appears to be a reasonable bill. At least from the information provided here, I would support it.
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    I take opioids to not commit suicide I am in so much pain. I’m already having issues continuing my care as I just moved, I can’t work, I’m waiting for my second denial for disability benefits so I can then get a lawyer but that could take another year too. I have to do my own physio all day long off and on. I am already near the opioid prescription limit. I have to legally consume lots of CBD oil and I cry and pray at least 5 times a day. I got in a car accident in 2006. I’m in my 30’s. I can’t have a job or a wife because of pain. I am so sick of this existence. I have R.A, Schmorl’s Nodes (my discs are collapsing and eating my bone marrow vertically). Probably caused by another pill I had to stack onto my opioids that I NOW may have to get back on? I am in a fight for my life Yahushua MY BROTHER, please send an angel to heal me! Tell our Father God that I am sorry for my sins of the past and I want to stay here awhile. I have never been so motivated to work and have a family! I am a good man! I have been on and off so many prescription drugs I can’t believe I can still function but God allows it still. Non-GMOs, filtered water, certain anti-inflammatory vitamin compound supplements and physio helps, but until my surgery, I NEED OPIOIDS. God took my dreams from me because they all became nightmares about my back. I would get an axe in the back, shot, stabbed, or monsters of all kinds would eat away at my spine in my dreams. Then I wake up and it’s really there. The pain. Anthem cancelled my health insurance about a month before I was about to get a SPECT scan and fusion. I need help! I am poor and they just cancelled my food stamps today! I need pills to take a shower, go to the gym for light machine physio, and most importantly, the opioids help me actually get a few hours of sleep. I hate America right now. I hate this Hell on Earth. The de-population continues. Will I be next to fall victim to severe chronic pain? I am a candidate for 4-5 surgeries but the healthcare system keeps messing up everything every time before I can get surgery! I most likely just need a fusion from T8-9 to T11-12. HOW HARD IS THAT TO DO? I am almost out of meds and waiting for MediCal to transfer my county so I can continue my care in a pain clinic and continue seeing surgeons for opinions! The last one wanted to put a Spinal Cord Stimulator in me. Look it up and see if that sounds like a fix. Opioids help some of us make it to that SURGERY we desperately need. PLEASE DON’T FORGET ME! We don’t have an “Opioid Epidemic”, we have a PAIN PROBLEM! Oh God... Please help us all survive a little longer at least, Father God. Selah. Amen. Ahmeen. -Jeremy
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    I'm tired of fighting just to get a little pain relief and I know I can't do this forever. I thought that relief from severe pain was a basic human right, but I guess that's not true anymore. I know you're going to say "unintended consequences" of the so-called "opioid epidemic", but deep down, I think we both know the truth. I can see there's too much money to be made with the rehab business, Suboxone, etc, so I know that my life & others like mine don't really matter to you. I've lost nearly all faith in the medical profession and nearly all faith in our government because I feel so beat down, demonized, and most of all, both as a liability who is also expendable. I can only hold out hope that one day America will wake up, come to its senses, and finally realize the truth: that there significant numbers of people just like me who suffer constant, severe chronic pain and the only relief they can get is from an opioid. The words "chronic pain", "opioid", etc, shouldn't feel like a curse word and we shouldn't be made to feel like criminals for being sick and in unbearable pain. If you think that chronic pain will never happen to you: everyone is just an accident and/or illness away from a lifetime of agony where you are treated like a 2cd class citizen.
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    The only reason to vote for this now is to get the treatment to the people who need it NOW. If you ask an addict to wait the chance to help is gone. We also need to hold the Pharmaceutical companies accountable. That is being done by lawsuits started by State governments. We also need many other things to alleviate the need for drug abuse. Better education, jobs, a sense of hope for people who feel they have none. Come on politicians, DO YOUR JOB.
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    Anyone could and should get treatment
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