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Mullin Supports Recommendations of President’s Opioid Commission

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Washington, November 2, 2017 | comments

Today, Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) voiced his resounding support of the efforts made by President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.  The 131 page report, released yesterday, provides recommendations in the fight against drug addiction and the opioid crisis across our country.

“President Trump has shown that combating the opioid epidemic is a priority for his administration and I’m further encouraged by the recommendations his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis made,” said Mullin.  “One of those recommendations is that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) utilize e-prescriptions in order to cut down on doctor shopping and fraudulently written paper prescriptions.  My bill, the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act, would require e-prescriptions for all controlled substances written under Medicare to ensure opioids do not fall into the wrong hands.”

“In addition, the commission expressed support for the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act and its intent to update current patient privacy laws and allow doctors access to patients’ drug addiction history along with their medical records,” said Mullin.  “Americans across the nation agree that we must do more to reverse this deadly epidemic.  I commend the administration on their efforts and look forward to working with them to combat this crisis that impacts so many of our Americans families.”

Congressman Mullin introduced H.R. 3528, the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely (EPCS) Act, in the House of Representatives on July 28, 2017.  The EPCS Act would require electronic prescriptions for all controlled substances under Medicare.  The bill compliments state law, which already requires doctors in Oklahoma to check an online database called the Oklahoma Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) when prescribing controlled substances to new patients. 

Congressman Mullin is the lead sponsor of H.R. 3545, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, which would give doctors crucial information about patients medical history prior to treating them and protects patients by updating 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 2, often referred to as "Part 2."
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