The House of Representatives has passed a bill nearly unanimously, which includes an amendment co-authored by 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty. The bill establishes a new inter-agency task force to update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication to guard against the risk of opioid addiction.
The amendment, which the House adopted unanimously, calls on the task force to issue updated recommendations on standards for physician education on strategies to manage patients’ pain without putting them at risk of opioid addiction. It also calls on the task force to issue new guidelines for consumer education programs on the risks of opioid addiction.
A joint House-Senate committee is expected to combine all opioid legislation approved by the two chambers into one comprehensive bill that will be sent to the President’s desk.