DearColleague.us

Letter

 

From: The Honorable Katherine M. Clark
Sent By:
david.bond@mail.house.gov

Bill: H.R. 5095
Date: 4/29/2016

Cosponsor H.R. 5095, the Prescriber Support Act
Please cosponsor H.R. 5095, the Prescriber Support Act of 2016. This bipartisan bill is critical for connecting doctors and nurses with the resources they need to treat pain appropriately and respond to the opioid epidemic that is devastating our country.
According to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Opioid Management, less than half of the surveyed primary care providers felt sufficiently trained in prescribing opioids. This, coupled with the lack of readily available resources for doctors to consult when a patient is struggling with substance use, has left many prescribers without the tools they need to help their patients manage pain and access necessary treatment.
The Prescriber Support Act will fill this information gap and help stem the tide of addiction and fatal overdose by establishing comprehensive state-based resources for prescribers to consult when faced with a question regarding the treatment of pain or possible signs of drug dependence. These programs would provide real-time expert consultation for treating patients and continuously updated resources to connect doctors and patients with appropriate services.
Many states have adopted this model to provide resources for doctors and nurses to address childhood behavioral health issues and postpartum depression in their practices. The Prescriber Support Act will help states build similarly critical programs to address pain management and substance use.
Making sure that prescribers have the best information on pain treatment and addiction is an essential part of addressing this crisis.
If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor, please contact David Bond (225-2836) in Congresswoman Clark’s office at
David.Bond@mail.house.gov or Geoffrey Hempelmann (225-3452) in Congressman Jenkins’ office at
Geoffrey.Hempelmann@mail.house.gov
Sincerely,
Katherine Clark                                           Evan Jenkins
Member of Congress                                   Member of Congress