Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the Congressional Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, highlighted a number of bills approved by the House of Representatives this week aimed at beginning the process of addressing the growing opioid and heroin epidemic.  

“Action taken this week provides a good first step toward addressing the startling epidemic that is devastating families across the country and throughout Western New York,” said Congressman Higgins.  “We are pleased our work to expand access to medicated-assisted treatment, an issue important to local families and providers, has been approved.  Still more must be done to provide communities and treatment agencies with the critical resources they and those addicted desperately need.”

 Included in the package of bills considered this week is H.R. 4981, the Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Expansion and Modernization Act, which is based on Congressman Higgins’ TREAT Act.   Higgins spoke about the bill in remarks on the House Floor: