‘Congress Takes on Opioids’

John Boehner

On Wednesday, President Trump signed into law a sweeping, comprehensive bill to address the opioid epidemic from all angles—healing communities, strengthening law enforcement tools, and reforming the way medicine is prescribed. 

A local news segment, under the title “Congress Takes on Opioids,” noted: “The bill calls for a variety of new treatment options targeted at groups ranging from veterans to newborns. A crackdown on foreign shipments carrying fentanyl – an opiate so deadly exposure to even a tiny amount can kill. And resources, like workforce training or housing assistance, to help those who get clean stay clean.”

Congress has been unwavering in its efforts to stem the tide of opioid addiction and abuse. This latest legislative package passed both chambers with nearly unanimous support.

Here are additional reports from around the country on this historic effort:

CNN highlighted the private-public partnerships announced by the White House, which add another important layer to the initiatives: “The private-sector organizations will implement a variety of commitments aimed at curbing the opioid crisis, including administering drug disposal programs, streamlining medical records, increasing opioids education and supporting individuals in addiction recovery.”

From The Tennessean: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law a far-reaching legislative package designed to combat the opioid crisis by hastening research into nonaddictive painkillers and curbing the flow of illegal fentanyl entering the country”… “The legislation signed Wednesday includes more than 70 law changes tackling a wide range of opioid-related issues, including closing some legal loopholes that have allowed the drugs to proliferate and made it harder for those who are addicted to get treatment.”

According to Reuters, “The legislation expands access to substance abuse treatment in Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor and disabled; cracks down on mailed shipments of illicit drugs such as fentanyl, a synthetic opioid far more powerful than heroin; and provides a host of new federal grants to address the crisis.”

And USA Today explored five different areas of the law, including its emphasis on treatment and recovery: “The Department of Health and Human Services will oversee a grant program to expand the use of ‘comprehensive recovery centers,’ which include job training, mental health services and housing alongside addiction treatment. The model has proven successful in some parts of the country.”

For Speaker Ryan’s statement on the law, as well as additional resources, click here.


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