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Collin College Congress and The Opioid Crisis Research Paper

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Assignment #1: Is Congress a part of the Opioid Crisis in the US?


In a 4-6 page (full pages of content) research style paper, answer the following questions. Please follow the MLA style format for research papers and citations. Double-spacing. You must use at least 4 sources (do not include Wikipedia as a citation).

  1. Research the efforts that Congress has taken to address the opioid crisis in the US. Why did it become necessary for the federal government to address the issue?
  1. Discuss the lobbying efforts from “Big Pharma” with Congress and their efforts to get favorable legislation to be passed and upheld. What do they ultimately want from Congress?
  1. Research our state’s US Senator’s serving in Congress. Once you identify those Senators, research how much money each of them has received from pharmaceutical companies Open this website in a new browser: https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/summary.php...++

Additionally, research how much money Republicans and Democrats have received in 2018-2019?

Go to https://votesmart.org/interest-groups#.WeTUbrpFzXM

Research the rating that those Senators received in voting regarding for/against the pharmaceutical industry.

  1. What is the relationship that Congress has with the Drug Enforcement Agency in ensuring that opioid usage is being enforced? Do you think Congress is arming the DEA with more or less effective laws to stopping abuse?
  1. What is The Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act which was passed by Congress? Does it strengthen or weaken the DEA to be effective in stopping abuse by pharmacies or drug distributors? What were the votes for our state’s Senators on this Act?
  1. Conclusion: Does Congress’ accepting of the Big Pharma lobby money contribute to the opioid crisis in the country by not putting enough controls on the distribution of opioids (painkillers, etc.) or has Congress been effective in pushing for stronger reforms on drug companies?

Background on the Opioid Crisis:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ex-dea-agent-opioid-c...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/inves...

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451535/opioi...

http://www.newsweek.com/has-big-pharma-made-americ...

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Introduction
The opioid crisis in the United States came about as a result of patients becoming addicted to
prescription pain relievers. Congress has been at the forefront of addressing the opioid crisis,
which has seen a considerable decline in life expectancy in the United States.
Body
The opioid epidemic in the United States has caused adverse effects on the lives of Americans
across the country. The first significant federal addiction act, the Comprehensive Addiction and
Recovery Act, was signed into law and became the first considerable effort aimed towards
addressing the epidemic. Congress has additionally made efforts towards fighting the epidemic
by taking part in numerous activities on legislative solutions. The agencies involved include the
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the
Department of Justice.
Conclusion
Congress’ accepting of the Big Pharma lobby money contribute to the opioid crisis in the country
by not putting enough controls on the distribution of opioids.

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Works Cited
"Pharmaceuticals / Health Products: Money To Congress | Opensecrets." Opensecrets.org. N.p.,
2020. Web. 27 Mar. 2020 .
https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/summary.php?ind=H04
Gross, Jacob, and Debra B. Gordon. "The Strengths and Weaknesses of Current US Policy to
Address Pain." American journal of public health 109.1 (2019): 66-72.
Hall, Ken. "Has Big Pharma Made America A Country Of Opioid Drug Addicts?." Newsweek.
N.p., 2017. Web. 27 Mar. 2020 . https://www.newsweek.com/has-big-pharma-madeamerica-country-opioid-drug-addicts-648480
Higham, Scott, and Lenny Bernstein. N.p., 2017. Web. 27 Mar. 2020 .
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/investigations/dea-drug-industrycongress
Loftus, Peter. "Drugmakers, Worried About Losing Pricing Power, Are Lobbying Hard." WSJ.
N.p., 2019. Web. 27 Mar. 2020. https://www.wsj.com/articles/drugmakers-worriedabout-losing-pricing-power-are-lobbying-hard-11569317406 .
Simon, Glenn. "Opioid Epidemic: Big Pharma Not Solely To Blame | National
Review." Nationalreview.com. N.p., 2017. Web. 27 Mar. 2020 .
https://www.nationalreview.com/2017/09/opioid-epidemic-big-pharma-not-solely-blame


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Congress and the Opioid Crisis

Introduction

The opioid crisis in the United States came about as a result of patients becoming
addicted to prescription pain relievers. In the late 1990s, healthcare providers around the country
began issuing opioid prescriptions at high rates after pharmaceutical companies claimed that
addiction among patients was highly improbable. The outcome was unprecedented as many
Americans began to misuse these medications before it eventually became evident that they were
highly addictive (Hall). Congress has been at the forefront of addressing the opioid crisis, which
has seen a considerable decline in life expectancy in the United States.

Body

The opioid epidemic in the United States has caused adverse effects on the lives of
Americans across the country. Many individuals have suffered either directly or indirectly as a
result of opioid addiction, and this has raised concern among the country’s leaders (Simon). The
United States Congress made a deliberate attempt to address the public health crisis that is
driving the country to its knees. The first significant federal addiction act, the Comprehensive
Addiction and Recovery Act, was signed into law and became the first considerable effort aimed
towards addressing the epidemic. It is considered the first step that Congress took to address the

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crisis and halt the devastating trend. The United States Congress also increased federal support
by a significant amount to help aid programs meant to tackle the opioid epidemic. Over the 2018
and 2019 financial years, Congress made new funding commitments worth $6 billion intended to
boost efforts in recovery, treatme...

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