Dr. Bucshon’s Opioid Screening Legislation Headed to President Trump’s Desk
“The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act will help our struggling communities to combat the opioid crisis by focusing on improving care for those who have opioid use disorder, and preventing opioid misuse and addiction. This comprehensive legislation, negotiated and agreed upon by both chambers in a bipartisan manner, will help states like Indiana combat the growing opioid epidemic. It will give hope to families and it will save lives.
“As a physician, I believe it is vital to support initiatives that will help to prevent seniors from misusing or becoming addicted to opioids while managing their chronic pain. One of the ways to address the opioid crisis is to prevent Americans from becoming addicted in the first place. By screening seniors as they enter the Medicare system, we can use this milestone as an opportunity to address their concerns and manage their chronic pain while reducing risks associated with opioid use. As opioid use disorder continues to increase among older Americans, our seniors need to understand the risks of opioid use and discuss with their physicians the best course of treatment.
Legislation within H.R. 6 introduced by Dr. Bucshon
Previous action taken by Dr. Bucshon to combat the opioid crisis
Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act This legislation, known as CARA, established a comprehensive strategy for improving evidence-based treatment for patients with substance-use disorders and made significant changes to expand access to addiction services and overdose reversal medications. Dr. Bucshon championed Section 303, which updated the Controlled Substances Act and Office-Based Opioid Addiction Treatment laws to ensure that patients seeking treatment for opioid addiction are offered, and physicians are trained on, all forms of FDA-approved MAT. Dr. Bucshon’s statement.
Recent events hosted by Dr. Bucshon and resources passed to combat the opioid crisis
Indiana Granted $10.9 Million to combat opioid crisis secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar, announced the second year of funding totaling $485 million to continue the nation’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis. Dr. Bucshon’s statement.
Indiana Granted $27 Million to combat opioid crisis by Health and Human Services as part of $1 billion grant.
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