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« on: December 19, 2019, 04:38:16 PM »

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COMPREHENSIVE OPIOID RESPONSE ACT

To provide for a comprehensive response to the Opioid Epidemic

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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SECTION I: TITLE
This law shall be referred to as the Comprehensive Opioid Response Act

SECTION II. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following:

(a) Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids, including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.
(b) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
(c) This issue has become a public health crisis with devastating consequences including increases in opioid misuse and related overdoses, as well as the rising incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome due to opioid use and misuse during pregnancy.
(d) The increase in injection drug use has also contributed to the spread of infectious diseases including HIV and hepatitis C.

SECTION III. OPIOID ABUSE TREATMENT FUND.
(a) There is established an account in the Treasury, known as the Opioid Abuse Treatment Fund.

(b) There is appropriated $300,000,000 for each fiscal years 2019 through 2023.

Of the funds appropriated, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall:
(1) appropriate $200,000,000 each fiscal year until 2023 to make grants to state, local, and tribal governments for the purpose of increasing the availability of treatment for opioids abuse.
(2) appropriate $50,000,000 each fiscal year until 2023 to make grants to state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit entities to provide vouchers to individuals in underserved populations for authorized services related to the treatment of such individuals for opioids abuse
(3) appropriate $50,000,000 each fiscal year until 2023 to make grants to public, private, nonprofit entities, and Indian tribes to establish programs to provide for and coordinate the provision of wrap-around services to opioids-affected individuals.

SECTION IV. INITIATIVE TO INCREASE OPIOID TREATMENT CAPACITY.
(a) The Secretary of Health and Human Services may make grants to State, local, and tribal governments for the purpose of increasing the availability of treatment for opioids abuse.

(b) The grants made may only be used to:
(1) build treatment centers
(2) expand existing treatment centers
(3) hire treatment professionals
(4) provide training and education to substance abuse professionals, medical professionals, and educators related to the treatment of opioids abuse
(5) engage in activities that the Secretary of Health & Human Services has determined are relevant

SECTION V. OPIOID ABUSE TREATMENT VOUCHERS FOR UNDESERVED POPULATIONS.
(a) The Secretary of Health and Human Services may make grants to State, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit entities to provide vouchers to individuals in underserved populations for authorized services related to the treatment of such individuals for opioids abuse.

(b) Not later than a year after this law is in effect, and annually thereafter, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall submit a report to the Congress on the grants used in subsection 4(a)

(c) The report under this section shall contain an evaluation of the effectiveness of the grants made under subsection 4(a) in improving access to opioids treatment for underserved populations.

SECTION VI. COMPREHENSIVE OPIOIDS TREATMENT SERVICES.
(a) The Secretary of Health and Human Services may make grants to public, private, nonprofit entities, and Indian tribes to establish programs to provide for and coordinate the provision of wrap-around services to opioids-affected individuals.

(b) For each year that a public, private, nonprofit entity, or Indian tribe receives a grant under subsection 6(a) for a program, such applicant shall submit to the Secretary of Health & Human Services a report on the results and effectiveness of the program.

(c) Wrap-Around Services is defined as:
(1) Medical services.
(2) Dental services.
(3) Mental health services.
(4) Job training services.
(5) Prevention services for family members opioids abuse or addiction.

SECTION VII. PROHIBITION OF OPIOID ILLEGAL MARKETING PRACTICES.
(a) The term ‘illegal marketing or distribution practice with respect to an opioid’ means:
(1) any marketing material a representation that an opioid has no addiction-forming or addiction-sustaining liability or has less of an addiction-forming or addiction-sustaining liability than one or more other opioids, knowing the representation to be false, as determined by the Secretary based on research, testimonials, and other evidence
(2) supplying States or communities with a quantity of opioids that is not medically reasonable, as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services
(3) failing to report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services any pattern of orders for the distribution of opioids that would cause a reasonable person to believe the opioids were not being dispensed in a medically reasonable manner.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person who manufactures or distributes an opioid to engage in an illegal marketing or distribution practice with respect to an opioid.

(c) Any person who violates subsection 7(b):
(i) if a person employed by an opioid manufacturer or distributor, shall be subject to a civil penalty in an amount equal to sum of:
(aa) such person’s full amount of salary for each year during which such person engaged in illegal marketing or distribution practices with respect to an opioid product
(bb) the amount by which the stock or other certificates of ownership interest of the person that is owned by the individual has increased in value during the period during which such person engaged in illegal marketing or distribution practices of an opioid product
(ii) if not a natural person, shall be subject to a civil penalty in the amount equal to the sum of:
(aa) $750,000,000
(bb) 25% of the profit made on lawful sales of opioids during the period in which the person engaged in illegal marketing or distribution practices.

(d) If a person that is not a natural person violates subsection 7(b), the court shall:
(i) impose on the chief executive officer of the person a civil penalty in an amount equal to the sum of:
(aa) the salary of the individual during the period in which the person engaged in illegal marketing or distribution practices and such individual served as chief executive officer
(bb) the amount by which the stock that is owned by the individual has increased in value during the period that the person engaged in illegal marketing or distribution practices and such individual served as chief executive officer
(ii) impose on any executive who led the finance, research, marketing, or sales department of the person a civil penalty in the amount equal to the sum of:
(aa) 25% of the salary during the period that the individual engaged in illegal marketing or distribution practices and served as an executive
(bb) 25% of the amount by which the stock of the individual has increased in value during the period that the person engaged in illegal marketing or distribution practices and such individual served as such an executive

(e) Any individual subject to civil penalties as laid out under subsection 7(c) shall be required to issue a public statement apologizing for their role in creating the opioid epidemic in the United States.

(f) Immediately after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services or Attorney General shall begin investigating all opioid manufacturers and all executives employed by such manufacturers to determine whether any such manufacturer committed illegal marketing or distribution practice with respect to an opioid as defined under this section.

(g) The Secretary of Health and Human Services may transfer to the Opioid Abuse Treatment Fund an amount equal to the civil penalties under this act to combat the abuse of opioids in the United States as laid out under Section 3, 4, 5, and 6.

SECTION VIII. IMPLEMENTATION.
This act shall take effect 30 days after passage.

Sponsor: ReaganClinton
House Designation: HB 21-18
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2019, 09:37:45 PM »

It is no doubt that the opioid epidemic that is occurring through our nation is a tragedy. Is time that we allocate funds and create programs to start helping our fellow citizens get off and stay away from these abusive situations.
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2019, 10:52:56 PM »

It is no doubt that the opioid epidemic that is occurring through our nation is a tragedy. Is time that we allocate funds and create programs to start helping our fellow citizens get off and stay away from these abusive situations.

I second my colleague ReaganClinton in tackling the scourge that is opiods. I urge this bill be passed.
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2019, 08:43:09 AM »

Seems like a very comprehensive bill that helps tackle a massive issue. It has my support!
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2019, 08:17:51 AM »

Motion for a final vote
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2019, 09:24:30 AM »

Seconding said motion
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2019, 02:59:32 PM »

Final vote

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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2019, 02:59:44 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2019, 05:18:03 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2019, 05:41:23 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2019, 06:39:27 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2019, 08:58:26 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2019, 05:55:37 AM »

Aye I'm proud to vote for this bill.
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« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2019, 01:52:12 PM »

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« Reply #14 on: December 25, 2019, 02:04:55 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: December 26, 2019, 04:30:36 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2020, 01:44:47 AM »

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« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2020, 01:48:19 AM »

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COMPREHENSIVE OPIOID RESPONSE ACT

To provide for a comprehensive response to the Opioid Epidemic

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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SECTION I: TITLE
This law shall be referred to as the Comprehensive Opioid Response Act

SECTION II. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following:

(a) Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids, including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.
(b) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
(c) This issue has become a public health crisis with devastating consequences including increases in opioid misuse and related overdoses, as well as the rising incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome due to opioid use and misuse during pregnancy.
(d) The increase in injection drug use has also contributed to the spread of infectious diseases including HIV and hepatitis C.

SECTION III. OPIOID ABUSE TREATMENT FUND.
(a) There is established an account in the Treasury, known as the Opioid Abuse Treatment Fund.

(b) There is appropriated $300,000,000 for each fiscal years 2019 through 2023.

Of the funds appropriated, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall:
(1) appropriate $200,000,000 each fiscal year until 2023 to make grants to state, local, and tribal governments for the purpose of increasing the availability of treatment for opioids abuse.
(2) appropriate $50,000,000 each fiscal year until 2023 to make grants to state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit entities to provide vouchers to individuals in underserved populations for authorized services related to the treatment of such individuals for opioids abuse
(3) appropriate $50,000,000 each fiscal year until 2023 to make grants to public, private, nonprofit entities, and Indian tribes to establish programs to provide for and coordinate the provision of wrap-around services to opioids-affected individuals.

SECTION IV. INITIATIVE TO INCREASE OPIOID TREATMENT CAPACITY.
(a) The Secretary of Health and Human Services may make grants to State, local, and tribal governments for the purpose of increasing the availability of treatment for opioids abuse.

(b) The grants made may only be used to:
(1) build treatment centers
(2) expand existing treatment centers
(3) hire treatment professionals
(4) provide training and education to substance abuse professionals, medical professionals, and educators related to the treatment of opioids abuse
(5) engage in activities that the Secretary of Health & Human Services has determined are relevant

SECTION V. OPIOID ABUSE TREATMENT VOUCHERS FOR UNDESERVED POPULATIONS.
(a) The Secretary of Health and Human Services may make grants to State, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit entities to provide vouchers to individuals in underserved populations for authorized services related to the treatment of such individuals for opioids abuse.

(b) Not later than a year after this law is in effect, and annually thereafter, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall submit a report to the Congress on the grants used in subsection 4(a)

(c) The report under this section shall contain an evaluation of the effectiveness of the grants made under subsection 4(a) in improving access to opioids treatment for underserved populations.

SECTION VI. COMPREHENSIVE OPIOIDS TREATMENT SERVICES.
(a) The Secretary of Health and Human Services may make grants to public, private, nonprofit entities, and Indian tribes to establish programs to provide for and coordinate the provision of wrap-around services to opioids-affected individuals.

(b) For each year that a public, private, nonprofit entity, or Indian tribe receives a grant under subsection 6(a) for a program, such applicant shall submit to the Secretary of Health & Human Services a report on the results and effectiveness of the program.

(c) Wrap-Around Services is defined as:
(1) Medical services.
(2) Dental services.
(3) Mental health services.
(4) Job training services.
(5) Prevention services for family members opioids abuse or addiction.

SECTION VII. PROHIBITION OF OPIOID ILLEGAL MARKETING PRACTICES.
(a) The term ‘illegal marketing or distribution practice with respect to an opioid’ means:
(1) any marketing material a representation that an opioid has no addiction-forming or addiction-sustaining liability or has less of an addiction-forming or addiction-sustaining liability than one or more other opioids, knowing the representation to be false, as determined by the Secretary based on research, testimonials, and other evidence
(2) supplying States or communities with a quantity of opioids that is not medically reasonable, as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services
(3) failing to report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services any pattern of orders for the distribution of opioids that would cause a reasonable person to believe the opioids were not being dispensed in a medically reasonable manner.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person who manufactures or distributes an opioid to engage in an illegal marketing or distribution practice with respect to an opioid.

(c) Any person who violates subsection 7(b):
(i) if a person employed by an opioid manufacturer or distributor, shall be subject to a civil penalty in an amount equal to sum of:
(aa) such person’s full amount of salary for each year during which such person engaged in illegal marketing or distribution practices with respect to an opioid product
(bb) the amount by which the stock or other certificates of ownership interest of the person that is owned by the individual has increased in value during the period during which such person engaged in illegal marketing or distribution practices of an opioid product
(ii) if not a natural person, shall be subject to a civil penalty in the amount equal to the sum of:
(aa) $750,000,000
(bb) 25% of the profit made on lawful sales of opioids during the period in which the person engaged in illegal marketing or distribution practices.

(d) If a person that is not a natural person violates subsection 7(b), the court shall:
(i) impose on the chief executive officer of the person a civil penalty in an amount equal to the sum of:
(aa) the salary of the individual during the period in which the person engaged in illegal marketing or distribution practices and such individual served as chief executive officer
(bb) the amount by which the stock that is owned by the individual has increased in value during the period that the person engaged in illegal marketing or distribution practices and such individual served as chief executive officer
(ii) impose on any executive who led the finance, research, marketing, or sales department of the person a civil penalty in the amount equal to the sum of:
(aa) 25% of the salary during the period that the individual engaged in illegal marketing or distribution practices and served as an executive
(bb) 25% of the amount by which the stock of the individual has increased in value during the period that the person engaged in illegal marketing or distribution practices and such individual served as such an executive

(e) Any individual subject to civil penalties as laid out under subsection 7(c) shall be required to issue a public statement apologizing for their role in creating the opioid epidemic in the United States.

(f) Immediately after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services or Attorney General shall begin investigating all opioid manufacturers and all executives employed by such manufacturers to determine whether any such manufacturer committed illegal marketing or distribution practice with respect to an opioid as defined under this section.

(g) The Secretary of Health and Human Services may transfer to the Opioid Abuse Treatment Fund an amount equal to the civil penalties under this act to combat the abuse of opioids in the United States as laid out under Section 3, 4, 5, and 6.

SECTION VIII. IMPLEMENTATION.
This act shall take effect 30 days after passage.

House of Representatives:
Passed the House of Representatives 7-0-1-1
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« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2020, 01:17:07 AM »

Opioid abuse is a major problem in the states of the Lincoln region. I'm glad to see ReaganClinton introduced this important bill and that it has passed in the House.
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