Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore responded to President Donald Trump’s declaration of a public health emergency in the opioid addiction epidemic Friday:
“The president’s declaration of a public health emergency is a call to action to aid those struggling with opioids and prevent addiction with real policy reform,” said House Speaker Tim Moore.
It is an affirmation we cannot allow the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic to continue ravaging North Carolina communities.
The North Carolina General Assembly took aggressive action this year and passed comprehensive legislation called the STOP Act in collaboration with those on the front lines of this crisis.
The Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act enforces stricter supervision of prescriber transactions and limits on the quantity of opioid prescriptions for acute pain.
The legislation imposes new penalties for improper reporting on the state’s controlled substances system and strengthens registration and reporting requirements for pharmacies.
The General Assembly also directed $10 million in the state budget for addiction treatment and recovery services.
Medical and law enforcement professionals helped legislators identify these meaningful reforms to prevent addiction, detect misuse and diversion, reduce overdoses and save lives.
For our children, our neighbors and the families of our fellow North Carolinians, the state House of Representatives is committed to providing resources and policies that prevent, treat and heal the damage done by the opioid addiction epidemic.”