In January, the Trump administration and the new Congress will take office. In the meantime, more than 2,500 people will die from an opioid overdose. Before this Congress heads home for the holidays, there are two important actions it can take to urgently address this crisis:
1. Congress should vote to fund the provisions of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). CARA includes state grants to increase addiction treatment, funds that are urgently needed until the insurance industry catches up with science and the law by eliminating pre-authorization requirements and other barriers to care.
2. The Senate should pass the 21st Century Cures Act (CURES), approved by the House last week. The CURES Act would provide resources to discover the next generation of cures and treatment options, strengthen mental health services and provide much needed funding to battle America’s deadly opioid epidemic.
Read the full op-ed on The Hill [here].