“New legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate seeks to bolster the number of health professionals to fight the opioid epidemic.
The Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act — sponsored by Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) — would address the current shortage of professionals to provide opioid treatment and recovery services in communities across the United States.
To do this, the bill would incentivize students to pursue substance use disorder work by providing them with student loan relief up to $250,000 if they work for six years in areas with high overdose rates or a shortage of treatment providers.
“As our communities continue to combat the opioid epidemic, we need more trained substance use and addiction professionals to provide treatment and recovery services,” Donnelly said. “This legislation would provide much-need incentives to increase the number of providers in areas that desperately need them. Investing in these providers could help save the lives of parents, siblings, friends, and neighbors that are struggling with addiction.”
Source: LifeScienceDaily.com – March 13, 2018