“The Senate health committee on Tuesday voted to approve the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which Chairman Lamar Alexander said will “help create an environment for states to succeed in fighting the opioid crisis.”
“Over the last six months, this committee has heard from experts on how the federal government can be the best possible partner as we work to combat the nation’s largest public health crisis – the opioid crisis,” Senator Alexander said. The challenge before us has often been described as needing a moonshot. Solving the opioid crisis might require the energy and resources of a moonshot, but ultimately it is not something that can be solved by an agency in Washington, D.C.
“What the federal government can do is create an environment so that everyone – judges, mayors, counselors, police officers, Drug Enforcement Administration agents, doctors, nurses, parents, pharmacists, and hospitals – can succeed in fighting the crisis. The legislation we approved today aims to create that environment to help states and communities begin to bring an end to the opioid crisis.
“This legislation includes over 40 different proposals, from 38 different senators of both political parties, including legislation to help stop illegal drugs like fentanyl at the border, accelerate research on non-addictive pain medicines, reduce the number of inappropriately prescribed opioids, and support state intervention for children who have experienced trauma, such as a parent using opioids.”
Source: Chattanoogan.com – April 24, 2018
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Source: WashingtonExaminer.com – April 24, 2018