U.S. Rep. Bob Latta’s bill to help battle the opioid crisis passed the U.S. House on Tuesday.
The bill, called the INFO Act, would establish a database for information and resources that can be used by health care providers, state and local governments, pharmacists, advocates and law enforcement.
It also would track federal funding being used to combat the epidemic. The bill next goes to the Senate.
“Every day, more than 115 Americans will die because of an overdose,” said Latta, R-Bowling Green. “While this crisis continues to devastate communities, there is still a lack of information that is making it difficult to create strategies that can effectively address this epidemic.
“At the same time, I continue to hear from constituents in my district that don’t know where to turn to receive federal funding, despite record resources being made available. I authored the INFO Act to solve these problems, and make it so those on the front lines can easily find the data and information they need to best serve their communities.”
Latta serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee which approved 57 pieces of legislation to combat the opioid crisis last month.
In 2016, 4,050 Ohio residents died of unintentional drug overdoses, the highest in the nation and a 32 percent increase over 2015.
More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, that number has nearly doubled within the past decade.