Following the approval by the House and Senate, President Trump recently signed a new package of bipartisan bills into law, aimed at strengthening the federal government’s response to the U.S. opioid crisis.
The legislation, called the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, is meant to address several aspects of the opioid crisis with many major policy changes. However, experts say the legislation is still not enough and more needs to be done to prevent opioid addiction and deadly opioid overdoses in America.
Many experts argue that more funding needs to be appropriated to expanding addiction treatment across the U.S., but the Support for Patients and Communities Act does not do that. Although the law does authorize a few small grant programs, the funding will be determined later by Congress.
What Will the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act Do to Combat the Opioid Crisis?
According to Congress.gov, a summary of the bill includes several policy changes that seek to tackle important issues like opioid addiction prevention, availability of opioid drugs, affordability of treatment services and much more.
The package of bills contains many different policy changes, but, in a nutshell, here’s what the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act will do:
Expand addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery programs