10 Ways the New Opioids Bill Could Help Address the Epidemic
“Congress has sent to the president’s desk a massive bipartisan bill that aims to take on the opioid epidemic that kills 130 Americans daily.
The bill—the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act—was passed with sweeping majorities of 393–8 in the House and 98–1 in the Senate. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.
The legislation touches on almost every aspect of the epidemic. It includes numerous provisions, supported by the AMA, that will expand access to substance-use disorder (SUD) prevention and treatment programs. The AMA strongly urges removing all barriers to treatment for SUD.
Here are 10 ways the legislation can help address the opioid epidemic.”
Source: American Medical Association – October 11, 2018