WASHINGTON — Nat Wienecke, senior vice president, federal government relations at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) issued the following statement today applauding the House passage of H.R. 5046, the “Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016.”
“PCI applauds the House for passing the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2015. Overdoses from prescription medications have become an epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports deaths from overdose have been steadily on the rise. Every day in the United States, 114 people die from a drug overdose and another 6,748 are treated in emergency rooms,” said Wienecke.
PCI continues to work with state and federal policymakers to limit the over prescription and abuse of opioids. H.R. 5046 would provide for the establishment of an inter-agency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication. “Injured workers frequently cope with pain from their injuries, only to be hurt again by becoming addicted to their pain medication. It is important that injured workers are provided the medication they need but are not given open ended access to a drug that could kill them. PCI also remains concerned about drivers operating vehicles under the influence of prescription opioids. PCI urges the Senate to quickly take up and pass this bill,” concluded Wienecke.