Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - May 8, 2018
REVISED May 8, 2018 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #41

Resolution R-18-075 In Support of the Opioid Emergency Response Act


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Nicholas Azzara, Information Outreach Manager, ext. 3771

Action Requested
Adopt Resolution R-18-075.

Enabling/Regulating Authority


Background Discussion
  • Congressman Vern Buchanan introduced a 7-point legislative plan to address the opioid drug epidemic - the Opioid Emergency Response Act (HR 5531).
  • The bill targets the epidemic through greater research and prevention efforts, expanded access to treatment for those in recovery, and better screening to catch illegal drugs before they enter the country. 
  • The Opioid Emergency Response Act includes:
    • The Alternatives to Opioids Prescribing Act, a bill sponsored by Buchanan to reduce opioid use among Medicare patients in hospital emergency rooms by incentivizing alternatives such as a high-dose combination of Tylenol and Advil, which studies have shown could achieve the same pain–reducing result as low-dose opioids.
    • H.R. 4733, the Opioids and STOP Pain Initiative Act, introduced by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) that will provide additional resources to NIH to research pain, addiction, and non-opioid treatments for these medical conditions.
    • An extension of the grants created in the 21st Century Cures Act that will provide significant opportunities for states to improve access to treatment, support people in recovery, and prevent overdoses.
    • H.R. 3032, the Mental Health Access Improvement Act, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY) that will expand seniors' access to treatment by allowing new types of providers to join Medicare.
    • S. 372, the STOP Act, introduced by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) that will help stem the flow of dangerous drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil by requiring more intensive screening at U.S. Postal Service facilities.
    • H.R. 2851, the SITSA Act, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY) that will make it easier to outlaw deadly synthetic drugs and properly sentence convicted dealers. 
    • S. 788, the Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act, introduced by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that will require the VA to study the link between prescription opioids and an alarmingly high rate of suicides among veterans.
  • As requested by the Board at the meeting of May 3, 2018, Resolution R-18-075, in support of the Opioid Emergency Response Act, has been prepared for the Board's consideration.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please email a copy of the signed resolution to charlie.hunsicker@mymanatee.org and to diane.vollmer@mymanatee.org.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  H.R. 5531.pdf
Attachment:  Resolution R-18-075.pdf