Committee Approves Two Bipartisan Walberg Bills to Combat Opioid Crisis
Washington, D.C.—Two bipartisan bills authored by Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) to bolster the federal response to the opioid crisis unanimously passed the Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. Both pieces of legislation, Jessie’s Law and the Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act, were introduced along with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and now head to the House floor for consideration.
“Our committee has taken a comprehensive and collaborative approach to identify solutions to tackle the opioid crisis that is sweeping our nation,” said Walberg. “These are both bipartisan, commonsense bills that will help make a real difference in turning the tide of opioid addiction. Combating this crisis is a top priority, and I look forward to seeing these bipartisan bills on the House floor in short order.”
H.R. 5009, Jessie's Law, is named after Michigan resident Jessie Grubb who tragically died of an opioid overdose in 2016. Jessie's Law will help ensure doctors have access to a consenting patient's prior history of addiction in order to make fully informed care and treatment decisions.
H.R. 5041, the Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act, will help prevent the misuse or diversion of unused medications by equipping hospice professionals with the legal authority to safely dispose of unused drugs after a hospice patient’s death.
To learn more about Congressman Walberg’s bipartisan work to combat the opioid crisis, visit walberg.house.gov/heroin.