“Curbing the nation’s heroin epidemic, which has emerged as a major election-year concern among voters, will require educating physicians about their prescribing patterns, and providing more funding for behavioral-health professionals and medication-assisted treatments, lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee were told Wednesday.
Senators from both sides of the aisle expressed support for policy prescriptions offered by three panels of expert witnesses, including public-health officials and law-enforcement officers. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) urged the committee to take action on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which was first introduced in 2014.
Senators from both parties said they were encouraged by their colleagues’ statements, and would push for the bill to move toward a vote. Presidential candidates from both parties have also called for action on the opioid-abuse epidemic.”
Source: ModernHealthcare.com – January 27, 2016
See related article: Testimony from Linda Hurley (CODAC RI) to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing on: “Attacking America’s Epidemic of Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse.” Available at: http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/01-27-16%20Hurley%20Testimony.pdf
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