Faso attends opioid bill signing at White House

Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, attended a ceremonial bill signing at the White House this week for legislation to combat the opioid epidemic that included a couple provisions he sponsored or co-sponsored.

One measure, known as the STOP Act, is meant to stop deadly synthetic opioids like fentanyl from being mailed to the U.S. from China and other countries by enabling postal authorities to track and try to intercept packages from known sources before they leave. The other provision will try to curb opioid abuse among seniors by giving Medicare beneficiaries information about opioid use and pain management, and describing alternative pain-killing drugs.

“The signing of this landmark bipartisan legislation builds upon our commitment to tackling the devastating opioid epidemic head-on,” Faso said in a statement on Wednesday. “This package will give our communities the resources they need to address this deadly crisis and better support patients who are struggling with addiction.”

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