Bucks Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, vice chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force,
joins the House of Representatives as it begins its two-week long consideration of dozens
of bills to combat an acknowledged opioid crisis.

As of Tuesday evening, the House passed 25 bipartisan bills focused on the opioid
epidemic, including unanimous passage of Fitzpatrick’s legislation to strengthen the state
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs).

“As communities across Bucks and Montgomery counties continue to deal with the
crisis of opioid abuse and addictions, the House is targeting key aspects of the opioid
epidemic to boost our prevention efforts, protect our communities, expand access to
treatment and recovery services, and crack down on illicit imports of drugs like
fentanyl,” said Fitzpatrick.

“As a longtime proponent of states fully utilizing Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
to track controlled-substance purchases, I’m proud the House passed my
CONNECTIONS Act, which would strengthen PDMPs as they examine the best ways to
prevent prescription drug abuse. . .”