Bi-partisan opioid recovery bill passes U.S. House

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Washington, June 12, 2018 | comments
"I am proud to support The Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act with Rep. Brett Guthrie. This legislation will increase access to FDA approved medication assisted treatment in conjunction with rehabilitation, recovery housing, and community-based services." - Dr. Bucshon
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A bill introduced by two local Congressmen to help combat the opioid crisis passes the U.S. House on Tuesday. 

The Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act would establish a grant program for treatment facilities to offer all FDA approved treatments for opioid user disorder. 

The measure would also provide residential rehabilitation, recovery housing, and community-based and peer recovery support services. 

The bill was introduced by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) along with Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-MN)

"In every county of the Second District, I continue to hear about the awful effects of our nation’s opioid crisis," said Guthrie in speech on the House floor this afternoon. "Each story is a little different but they all are heart wrenching due to the deadly effects of opioid use disorder and addiction. Right now, most patients are going to the center that is most convenient to them, but those centers might offer only one type of treatment. What if that treatment doesn’t work for that person? That’s why I introduced the Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act - so that people can show up at one facility and have full wrap around treatment services and succeed in beating addiction." 

The measure now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

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