Join the ongoing fight against opiate drug overdoses and equip first responders with life-saving Naloxone.
Supported by the Fraternal Order of Police, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), and the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN).
Current Cosponsors: Tim Ryan, Tom Rooney, Elise Stefanik, Marcy Kaptur, Mike Kelly, Ann Kuster, Barbara Comstock, John Katko, Jim Renacci, Pramila Jayapal, Mike Turner, Steve Stivers, Louise Slaughter, Sheila Jackson Lee, Dan Donovan, John Faso, Dwight Evans, Derek Kilmer, Patrick Meehan, and Andy Barr.
We invite you to join us in cosponsoring the Stem the Tide of Overdose Prevalence from Opiate Drugs Act of 2017, or the STOP OD Act, H.R. 664, which would help state and local governments raise awareness that Fentanyl-laced drugs are rising in popularity, and equip our first responders with the training and tools they need to fight this epidemic.
According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in December, “the ongoing epidemic of opioid deaths requires intense attention and action. In a November 2016 report, the Drug Enforcement Administration referred to prescription drugs, heroin, and Fentanyl as the most significant drug-related threats to the United States.” From 2014 to 2015, the death rate from synthetic opioids other than methadone, which includes Fentanyl, increased by 72.2%, and heroin death rates increased by 20.6%. Rates of death involving heroin and synthetic opioids other than methadone increased across all demographic groups, regions, and in numerous states. There is an urgent need for a multifaceted, collaborative public health and law enforcement approach to the opioid epidemic, including expanding naloxone distribution, among other recommendations.
Fentanyl is an extremely potent drug that has lawful and appropriate medical uses, however, the drug can be lethal, and is cut primarily with heroin and sometimes cocaine to increase users’ high and raise addictive qualities. As little as two milligrams of Fentanyl can kill a person.
Among other specifications, the STOP OD Act would authorize not more than $75 million annually in grants for two years to expand educational efforts to prevent opiate abuse, promote treatment and recovery, and promote the understanding that addiction is a chronic disease. This bill would also authorize not more than $150 million annually in grants for two years to provide access to Naloxone, training in the administration of the drug, and testing for Fentanyl. Naloxone is a drug that immediately negates the effects of an opiate and is used by first responders to reverse overdoses. Further, this bill would attach a fee of $80, the same cost as one unit of Naloxone, which includes two administrations, to every drug-related offense. This fee ensures the criminals enabling the supply and demand of the drug trade pay into mitigating the consequences of their actions. After two years, the funds collected go toward paying down the federal debt. In addition, the STOP OD Act would extend data center consolidation efforts for two more years, generating about $500 million in savings.