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H.R. 5687: SOUND Disposal and Packaging Act
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House

This was a vote to pass H.R. 5687 (115th) in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 5687 directs the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to work with manufacturers to establish programs for efficient return or destruction of unused Schedule II or III opioids. These methods could include mail-back pouches to secure facilities for incineration, or methods to inactivate immediately or render unattractive unused drugs. In addition, this bill will facilitate utilization of packaging that may reduce overprescribing, diversion, or abuse of opioids. Finally, the bill will require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study new and innovative technologies that claim to be able to dispose of opioids safely and other unused medications. GAO would review and detail the effectiveness of these disposal methods.

Source: Republican Policy Committee


All Votes R D
Yea 80%
Nay 3%
Not Voting 17%

Passed. 2/3 Required. Jun 19, 2018 at 6:57 p.m. ET. Source:

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