I’m just sending a quick note to let the list know that Hendree Jones, PhD. was invited by Congressman Tim Ryan (D-13th, OH) to participate in a briefing on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome last week organized by the Congressional Caucus on Addiction, Treatment and Recovery. Hendree did a great job providing a big picture overview, explaining her NIDA-funded research, and the UNC Horizon’s program which she directs. That presentation complemented others by NIDA Deputy Director, Wilson Compton, M.D., SAMSHA’s CSAT Medical Officer, Melinda Campopiano, M.D. and Arthur James, M.D., an OB/GYN from OSU (speaker bios are available here). Caucus Co-Chair Tim Ryan provided opening remarks and Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-3rd, WV) was on hand throughout to discuss his bill, the “Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act”.
The room was filled to capacity and the briefing continued to build momentum for the House to take action on its version of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA, S.524) passed by the Senate on March 10. Over the past 24 hours the House passed eleven opioid bills out of the Energy and Commerce Committee and three out of the Judiciary Committee and those are expected to reach the House floor in mid-May to be consolidated with the current House version of CARA (H.R. 953) before the House and Senate versions of the bill are conferenced this summer.
More as it develops.
Geoffrey K. Mumford, Ph.D. | Associate Executive Director for Government Relations
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