House passes opioid bill including provision named for Dr. Graham
The House passed the final version of a the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which contains provisions to combat the opioid crisis, including one named after Dr. Todd Graham.
The Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management Treatment and Recovery Act would improve access to non-opioid pain treatments. It was authored by Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-District 2.
Dr. Graham was shot and killed last year for allegedly refusing to prescribe more opioids to a patient.
Rep. Walorski spoke about it on the house floor before the vote today.
"With this legislation, we can build on Dr. Graham's legacy of not only treating patients for their pain, but for the underlying causes," Rep. Walorski said.
The full bill also expands access to treatment for people with opioid addictions.
The senate is expected to pass the legislation in the coming days and President Trump is expected to sign it.