Congressman Donald Norcross

Representing the 1st District of New Jersey
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Norcross’ Jobs Plus Recovery Act Set to Become Law

Sep 28, 2018
News Release

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) – Vice-Chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic – applauded final House passage of legislation to help those struggling with the disease of addiction by expanding access to treatment, providing more resources for mental health agencies and strengthening enforcement mechanisms. Notably, the package of solutions that’s expected to head to the President’s desk includes provisions from Norcross’ bipartisan Jobs Plus Recovery Act, which makes job training part of drug addiction recovery programs.

“We’re losing more Americans every year to the opioid epidemic than we did in all of the Vietnam War, and in my district alone at least one person is dying from the disease of addiction every day. It’s clear we need to work together, address as many different aspects of this crisis as we can and implement a variety of tactics to help those suffering,” said Congressman Donald Norcross, Vice-Chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic. “I fought to have job training included in the recovery process, and now we’ll be investing in our friends, neighbors, sons and daughters when they need us most, and our economy will be stronger as a result.”

In addition to the Jobs Plus Recovery Act, the legislation also contained provisions from bills that are part of the Bipartisan Task Force’s 2018 legislative agenda, including:

  • The Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act, which facilitates the use of Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) by repealing existing limits on how many patients can be treated with MAT.
  • The CRIB Act, which would establish residential pediatric care centers within Medicaid to treat babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome caused by exposure to opioids during pregnancy.
  • The Synthetic Drug Awareness Act, which requires a report to Congress on the public health effects of the rise in synthetic drug use among youth ages 12 to 18.
  • The Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act, which deters prescription fraud by requiring prescriptions written under Medicaid Part D to be delivered electronically.
  • Jessie’s Law, which helps improve electronic medical records so that people with a history of an opioid dependency aren’t accidentally administered opioids.

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