Walberg, Bipartisan Heroin Task Force Release 2018 Legislative Agenda
Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today joined with leaders of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force to release its 2018 legislative agenda. The agenda is a compilation of 16 bipartisan, commonsense bills aimed at addressing the heroin and opioid epidemic from a health and law enforcement perspective. One key piece of the group’s agenda is “Jessie’s Law,” a bipartisan bill Walberg introduced with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell last year. Click here to watch Walberg's remarks at the press conference.
“As we begin the new year, I’m pleased one of our first actions is renewing our push for bipartisan solutions to address the opioid epidemic,” said Congressman Walberg. “The opioid epidemic is devastating the dreams of people we know and love, and working together to respond to this growing crisis must be a national priority. Jessie’s Law is one of many pieces of our bipartisan agenda that will make a real difference and help save lives in our communities.”
Jessie's Law is named after Michigan resident Jessie Grubb who tragically died of an opioid overdose in 2016. Jessie's Law would help ensure doctors have access to a consenting patient's prior history of addiction in order to make fully informed care and treatment decisions. Providing this information would help prevent cases like Jessie's, where a recovering addict in Ann Arbor was unknowingly prescribed and discharged with a powerful opioid that led to her death. For more information on Congressman Walberg's work on the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, visit walberg.house.gov/heroin.