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Guthrie Launches New Phase of Opioid Investigation

Washington, October 2, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02), top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Congressman Greg Walden (OR-02), top Republican for the full committee, and Dr. Michael Burgess (TX-26), top Republican on the Health Subcommittee, are requesting information from the public about treatment for opioid use disorder.

“The SUPPORT Act was not our first effort to combat the opioid crisis, and it certainly will not be our last. We must continue to fight the spread of addiction in our communities, and that is exactly what we are doing with this request for information today. This fight is not over; we will not let up,” said Guthrie, Walden, and Burgess.

The Oversight and Investigation subcommittee started an investigation into patient brokering and fraud in opioid use disorder treatment facilities last Congress.  In addition to this investigation, the House passed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), which made it illegal for treatment facilities to receive kickbacks for referring patients to other facilities. The SUPPORT Act included Congressman Guthrie’s Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act to establish treatment facilities that offer all FDA-approved treatments for opioid use disorder as well as full treatment services.

Today, Energy and Commerce Republicans are requesting information on various aspects of the substance use disorder treatment industry to build on the findings from last Congress. This request for information comes as Committee Republicans called for a continuation of bipartisan work to combat the opioid crisis in February, and pressed the administration for an update on SUPPORT Act implementation in August.

Energy and Commerce Republicans welcome input via email to TreatmentRFI@mail.house.gov by November 1, 2019. Click here for the full request for information.

 

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