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Buck Language Makes Final Bicameral, Bipartisan Opioid Agreement

September 26, 2018
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kyle Huwa, 202-225-4676

Washington, D.C.  – Today, Congressman Ken Buck commended the inclusion of his opioid data-sharing language in a bicameral, bipartisan agreement to fight opioids in the United States. His provisions, which were included in H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, specifically enhance data sharing between wholesale registrants and law enforcement.

“I’m thankful that the agreement text includes language to enhance data-sharing among opioid wholesalers and law enforcement,” stated Congressman Ken Buck. “If we’re going to stand up to this opioid epidemic in America, then we need everyone on the same page, sharing information to catch the bad actors while still providing good people with the pharmaceuticals they need.”

The provisions require reporting of anonymized industry sales data to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) ARCOS system (Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System). By sharing this information with each other through the ARCOS system, wholesalers of opioid pharmaceuticals can better track and prevent future suspicious sales of controlled substances to pharmacies or practitioner registrants. Rep. Buck’s provisions also require the U.S. Attorney General to publish a report every six months detailing opioid distribution patterns for use by local law enforcement and state attorneys general. Additionally, the provisions from Rep. Buck’s bill will hold registrants responsible for tracking suspicious orders and reporting those to the DEA.