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The House has made the opioid epidemic a top legislative priority in the 115th Congress.

The House/Senate passed, and the President signed into law, H.R. 6 – Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act. This bi-partisan bill aims to combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting our communities, and bolstering efforts to fight synthetic drugs like fentanyl.

  • This bill is the vehicle by which the majority of the bills to address the opioid crisis were included
  • H.R. 6 included the SALTS Act provision
    • This amendment helps make it easier for our law enforcement agencies to crack down on synthetic drugs – K2, bath salts, Spice, synthetic marijuana, synthetic opioids – by closing a loophole that has provided these drug manufacturers and distributors with a get-out-of-jail-free card: the “Not Intended for Human Consumption” label

Continued strategy

The House is using a four-pronged approach to solve the opioid problem through targeted legislation for:

  1. Treatment and recovery
    1. Improve and expand access to treatment and recovery services
    2. Provide incentives for enhanced care, coordination, and innovation
    3. Establish comprehensive opioid recovery centers
  2. Prevention
    1. Encourage non-addictive opioid alternatives to treat pain
    2. Improve data to identify and help at-risk patients and families
    3. Address high prescribing rates while enhancing prescription drug monitoring programs
  3. Protecting communities
    1. Give law enforcement tools to get dangerous drugs out of communities
    2. Better intercept illicit opioids at international mail facilities
    3. Improve access to federal resources for local communities
  4. Fighting fentanyl
    1. Better handle ever-changing synthetic drugs

                                                              i.      Increase clarification labeling to close loopholes

    1. Crackdown on foreign shipments of illicit drugs

                                                              i.      Provide grants for local communities to combat fentanyl


The opioid crisis is something that we cannot ignore.  Congress is working on legislation to help combat this epidemic and make resources and information readily available for people who need it the most.  Below are a few resources to help to people of District 13 fight this horrible addiction: 

Amarillo Area:

Dailey Recovery Services
2412 SW 8th Avenue
Amarillo, TX 79106
Main Tel: 806-803-9640
Intake Tel 2: 806-553-4539

Professional Addiction Specialty Services
12 Medical Drive
Amarillo, TX 79106
Main Tel: 806-331-0404
Intake Tel 2: 806-356-0404

Amarillo VA Healthcare System
6010 Amarillo Boulevard West
Amarillo, TX 79106
Main Tel: 806-355-9703
Intake Tel 1: 806-355-9703 x7027

Northwest Texas Healthcare System
The Pavillion
1501 South Coulter Road
Amarillo, TX 79106
Main Tel: 806-354-1810

Texas Tech Health Sciences Center - Pharmaceutical Care Center
Located at 1400 South Coulter Street
(806) 414-9390

Walgreen's Pharmacy
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Located at 34th and Bell
(806) 468-6150

Potter County Sheriff's Office
Located at 608 South Pierce
(806) 379-2900

Randall County Sheriff's Office
9100 South Georgia
(806) 468-5800

https://www.acada.org/ 

https://aradamarillo.com/ 

Wichita Falls

Helen Farabee Centers
401 Burkburnett Road
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Main Tel: 940-397-3318
Intake Tel 1: 940-397-3391

Helen Farabee Centers
Wichita County Adult Probation
600 Scott Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Main Tel: 940-397-3391
Intake Tel 2: 940-397-3379

Helen Farabee Centers
500 Broad Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76307
Main Tel: 940-397-3379
Intake Tel 1: 940-397-3391            

Recovery Center
2501 Taylor Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76309
Main Tel: 940-761-3034

Vernon:

Helen Farabee Centers
2500 Wilbarger Street
Vernon, TX 76384
Main Tel: 940-397-3156
Intake Tel 2: 940-553-4002

North Texas State Hospital
Vernon Campus/Adol Forensic Prog
4730 College Drive
Vernon, TX 76385
Main Tel: 940-552-9901 x4601
Intake Tel 1: 940-552-4604

Pampa:

Dailey Recovery Service
Pampa Location
12065 East Fredric Avenue
Pampa, TX 79065
Main Tel: 806-803-9640
Intake Tel 2: 806-471-3249

https://www.hhs.gov/opioids/health-professionals-resources/index.html
https://www.hhs.gov/opioids/law-enforcement-resources/index.html
https://www.dea.gov/pr/multimedia-library/publications/drug_of_abuse.pdf
https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/patients/materials.html
https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/system/files/fact-sheet-governments.pdf
https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/system/files/fact-sheet-communities.pdf
https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/system/files/fact-sheet-individuals.pdf
https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/grants/pdf/other/ti-17-014-opioid-str-abstracts.pdf

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