Comstock co-sponsors bill to curb over-prescription of opioid drugs

U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) became an original co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation on Tuesday that aims to help physicians curb the over-prescription of opioid drugs.

The Promoting Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) Act, H.R. 4499, introduced by U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV), would eliminate a provision of the Affordable Care Act that subjects doctors to penalties for under-prescribing opioid drugs.

“Opioid abuse is a growing problem that is destroying lives in our region,” Comstock said. “This bipartisan legislation will help curb unnecessary prescriptions of opioids and other drugs that are subject to abuse. We have seen that when a patient gets routine surgery and is prescribed painkillers they become hooked and their downward path often ends in turning to heroin. This legislation will help break that cycle and lead to better pain management by the medical community.”

Overuse of prescription drugs has been found to be one of the leading causes of heroin abuse. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are the most commonly abused substances in the country after marijuana, according to the National Institutes of Health.

“The Promoting Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) Act changes current law to help end the unnecessary overuse of prescription painkillers,” Mooney said. “In doing so, this bill empowers doctors, not the federal government, to choose what is right for patients.”

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