S.524 – To authorize the Attorney General and Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to address the national epidemics of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use, and to provide for the establishment of an inter-agency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, and for other purposes.

On July 8, 2016, Democrats conceded and were no longer opposed to what is known as “The Opioid Abuse Bill” Now that it has passed through the House, it should get signed next week by President Obama. This bill contains 31 Different acts relating to drug use oversight, and implementing laws relating to opioids; those affected, prescription monitoring, disposal, help for veterans on pain killers and many other acts related to opioid use and trafficking.  

Congress was originally split on this bill, because of questions how it could possibly be supported with funding.  Original opposition to the bill was because of this lack of funding. There still some questions, but Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi “signaled that she would support the bill on the floor Friday. She said she hopes the bill “is just the first step” and that the GOP will commit more funding “in the very, very near future.” There is a proactive delve to provide emergency funding because of the detriment of this epidemic. Part of the funding includes $50 million to expand access to substance use treatment providers, which would help approximately 700 providers .

~28,000 Americans died from painkiller/heroin/ opioid overdoses in 2014

six out of ten drug overdoses involve opioid misuse

~Veterans die from drug abuse at almost twice the rate of the population

~Each day, 44 people die in the United States from an overdose of prescription painkillers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug overdose is now the the leading cause of accidental death

~Between 2000 and 2014, fatal overdoses increased by 137%.

~In West Virginia, fatal overdoses increased by 473% between 2004 and 2014

~New Hampshire, which has the third worst fatal overdose rate, drug deaths increased by 670% between 2004 and 2014

Here are a few of  the Thirty-one acts that recently passed related to this bill:

On May 16, 2016 The Transnational Drug Trafficking Act became Public Law S.32 No: 114-154

On July 7, 2016 Authorized  the Attorney General and Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to address the national epidemics of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use, and to provide for the establishment of an inter-agency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, and for other purposes. S. 524 Rule H. Res 809

On April 27, 2016 The National All Schedules prescription Electronic Reporting Reauthorization Act Was placed on the Senate calendar and is a part of the Opioid Bill that passed this week. S.480

On July 7, 2016 H. R. 1818– Veterans Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2016, was included as part of the Opioid Bill

SAMHSA makes grant funds available through the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and the Center for Mental Health Services. Find funding opportunities that support programs for substance use disorders and mental illness, and learn about the grant application, review, and management process.-Michelle Husted

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-05-12/opioid-abuse-bill-advancing-in-u-s-house-without-funds-attached

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