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S. 2691 (115th): Opioid Crisis Accountability Act of 2018

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About the bill

Opioid deaths last year took more lives than the peak year of deaths from car crashes, guns, or AIDS.

Many people, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, believe some CEOs of opioid manufacturing companies are responsible for these deaths after lying about their products. Given that, he thinks they should be jailed. But is that a step too far?

What the bill does

The Opioid Crisis Accountability Act contains several provisions, including:

  • Establishing criminal penalties, including a minimum 10-year jail sentence, for pharmaceutical executives who run opioid-producing companies.
  • Mandating that opioid manufacturers ...

Sponsor and status

Bernard “Bernie” Sanders

Sponsor. Senator for Vermont. Independent.

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Last Updated: Apr 17, 2018
Length: 16 pages
Apr 17, 2018
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 17, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.



Apr 17, 2018

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 2691 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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