Even One Overdose Is Too ManySUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. This legislation advances treatment and recovery initiatives, improves prevention, protects our communities, and bolsters our efforts to fight deadly synthetic drugs, like fentanyl. H.R.2062]. Doctors must have the whole picture on a patient’s medical history in order to safely and effectively treat that patient. Right now, there are federal regulations that determine the confidentiality of patient records for substance use disorder treatment programs, known as 42 CFR Part 2. And often times, doctors can’t see if a patient has been treated for a substance use disorder. My bill breaks down those barriers, while still maintaining patient confidentiality, and brings this outdated law into the 21st century. President Trump and the Department of Health and Human Services have recently taken action to help treat patients with a substance use disorder by making reforms to Part 2 that will improve care for patients, reduce the burden on providers, and maintain important privacy protections.
But they have gone as far as they can without passing legislation. Congress needs to pass my bipartisan bill to fully and permanently aid doctors and patients who are struggling. We all know someone who has been affected by the opioid epidemic, whether it’s a friend, family member, or loved one. It’s going to take all of us - individuals, communities and elected officials - working together to finally put an end to the crisis. It’s a fight worth fighting and it’s one that we can win.
Markwayne Mullin, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, was first elected to serve the people of Oklahoma’s Second Congressional District in November 2012. He is currently serving his fourth term in office. Mullin and his wife Christie have five children: Jim, Andrew, Larra, Ivy, and Lynette. The Mullin family currently resides in Westville, Oklahoma, on the same family farm where Markwayne was raised.
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