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National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Reauthorization Act Of 2010

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National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Reauthorization Act Of 2010

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Mr. STUPAK. I thank the gentleman for yielding me time.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this legislation. Five years ago, Congress passed the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act, or NASPER, into law, making it the only statutory authorized program to assist States in combating prescription drug abuse of controlled substances through prescription drug monitoring programs.

Congress realized that more needed to be done to aid States to set up or improve symptoms that enable authorities to identify prescription drug abusers as well as the problem doctors who betray the high ethical standards of their profession by over or incorrectly prescribing prescription drugs.

Five years ago, NASPER was passed with bipartisan support after many years of hard work by many members of our committee and Members on both sides of the aisle.

Today, I'm honored to again work with my colleagues, Mr. Whitfield, Mr. Pallone, Mr. Shimkus, to reauthorize this important public health program.

Minor but important changes have been made to the program, including allowing the use of grants to help States maintain their existing programs. This will allow cash-strapped States to continue to operate their monitoring programs under difficult economic times. The legislation will also allow territories to be eligible for grants.

I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this legislation.

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