Walberg Champions 'Jessie's Law' to Bolster Response to Opioid Epidemic
Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) continued his bipartisan leadership to combat the opioid epidemic during a two-day hearing with the Energy and Commerce Committee this week. The hearing examined 25 bipartisan prevention and public health solutions to address the crisis, including Congressman Walberg’s bill, Jessie’s Law, which he introduced along with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.
“The opioid crisis hits close to home for so many communities in Michigan and across the country,” said Congressman Walberg. “Jessie's story is a heartbreaking example of needlessly losing a loved one to this epidemic. It is vital for medical professionals to have access to the information that they need about their patient's addiction history so they can provide safe treatment and proper care. By passing Jessie’s Law, we can make a real difference and help save lives in our communities. I’m pleased to see report language included in the omnibus this week that speaks to addiction history in medical records, and I will keep working in a bipartisan way to ensure Jessie’s Law is enacted into law.”
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 this issue, visit walberg.house.gov/heroin.