Mitchell Amendment to Track Opioid Crisis Efforts Passes House
WASHINGTON – An amendment introduced by Congressmen Paul Mitchell (R-MI) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) to authorize, develop, and implement a coordinated tracking system for federally-funded initiatives and grant programs dealing with opioid and substance abuse passed the House today.
Congressmen Mitchell and Raskin, both members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, offered a bipartisan amendment to H.R. 5925, the CRISIS Act, to establish a system to closely track all grants on opioid abuse and institute evidence-based decision-making to guarantee the most effective programs are funded. This amendment was unanimously passed in committee.
This was in response to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis’ recommendation that the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), “…establish a coordinated system for tracking all federally-funded initiatives, through support from HHS and DOJ.”
“As the opioid crisis ravages our nation— claiming more lives than car accidents— our government must coordinate its efforts to fight this issue head on,” said Mitchell. “Taking the steps outlined in the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis’ guidance is a strong step in increasing oversight and accountability of the opioid crisis response while reducing administrative burden and accelerating care to those suffering. I am glad my amendment passed today in the CRISIS Act, and I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fight the opioid crisis and protect families back home.”