September 11, 2017 — A new bill aimed at curbing the nation’s opioid epidemic is now up for consideration in Congress.
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, who represents Bucks County and parts of Montgomery County, and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas authored the legislation that provides chemical screening devices to detect and intercept fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. Such drugs have had a devastating effect on the rate of overdose deaths.
“As communities across my district and across our nation continue to deal with the crisis of opioid abuse and addiction it’s hard to imagine a synthetic drug up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine,” said Fitzpatrick. “The INTERDICT Act is bipartisan legislation that provides U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) access to the latest in chemical screening devices and scientific support to detect and intercept synthetic opioids before they can cause more harm.”
Malvern Institute operates an outpatient center in Trevose at 4612 East Street Road, which is included in Fitzpatrick’s district.
“This bill is key to that mission, and will be a powerful tool for eliminating synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, from the equation,” said Tsongas.