House passes bipartisan bill to have poison control centers help with opioid crisis.
The House on Monday passed the bipartisan Poison Center Network Enhancement Act to give the network more leeway to help with the opioid crisis. The bill funds the poison control network phone number and would also give people the ability to text the network. “The bill is a critical piece of the puzzle because it allows the national network of poison control centers to help people who are struggling with addiction by offering free, confidential and expert medical advice at all hours, every day of the year,” Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., said in a statement. “Their data is used to identify hot spots for opioid abuse and misuse, and with this reauthorization, will be able to continue combating the opioid epidemic and save lives.”