Kuster, Fitzpatrick Introduce Restoring Enforcement Standards to Track Opioids Responsively and Effectively (RESTORE) Act of 2019
Washington, D.C.– Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced bipartisan legislation in the House today to ensure that the Drug Enforcement Administration has the authority to carry out needed enforcement actions for drug diversion control investigations.
The Restoring Enforcement Standards to Track Opioids Responsively and Effectively (RESTORE) Act of 2019 would repeal existing law that prevented the DEA from carrying out enforcement. This law from 2016 was described by DEA Chief Administrative Law Judge John J. Mulrooney II in the Marquette Law Review editorial board as “impos[ing] a dramatic diminution of the agency’s authority” … “at a time when, by all accounts, opioid abuse, addiction and deaths were increasing markedly.”
“Granite Staters and folks nationwide are sadly no stranger to the devastation of the opioid epidemic,” said Kuster. “We must take a multifaceted approach in our response - in addition to bolstering prevention, treatment and recovery services we need to make sure law enforcement has all tools necessary to hold bad actors accountable. I am proud to advance this legislation with my fellow co-chair of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force to keep our communities safe and prevent further tragedy.”
“The opioid crisis has affected every corner of the United States, robbing individuals of full and healthy lives,” said Fitzpatrick. “Federal intervention is needed to protect our communities, and the Drug Enforcement Administration must be given the authority to intervene when necessary without delay. I am proud to support this legislation with my fellow Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, Annie Kuster, as we continue our push to combat the opioid crisis.”
Congresswoman Kuster has led House efforts to prioritize opioid funding in communities in New Hampshire and across the nation. She recently joined the New Hampshire delegation in announcing over $26.6 million in federal funding to New Hampshire to combat the opioid epidemic. Representatives Kuster and Fitzpatrick are co-chairs of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force.