New Opioid Legislation
Drug-related overdoses and deaths have increased in recent years, especially those related to opioids. With rare bipartisan support, opioid legislation has been created to address the health crisis posed by these drugs. The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 covers many aspects of managing the distribution, use and recovery processes related to opioids, with hopes of reducing the damages caused by these addictive and dangerous drugs.
What Is Covered in the New Opioid Legislation?
The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 touches on several areas that contribute to the health issues caused by opioid misuse and addiction. This opioid legislation includes everything from streamlining processes for creating alternative medication for pain to helping with patient recovery from opioid addiction. Some of the key components covered in the legislation include:
- Improving options for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research alternative pain management options and non-addictive pain medications
- Streamlining FDA approval process for new non-addictive pain medications
- Changing opioid packaging to limit over-prescribing
- Improving safe disposal of unused opioids to reduce misuse
- Increased security at borders to reduce transport of opioids into the country
- Added options for opioid addiction recovery and improved prevention protocols
- Improved data collection and sharing across the country
- Increased education and resources for providers
The new opioid legislation affects many different agencies and levels involved in the health crisis posed from these drugs. It is a general plan to find new medications and treatments to replace opioids while improving regulation and management of the current use. Implementation and funding the programs are still in the planning stages and will require additional work from state and federal lawmakers.
It is estimated that 72,000 Americans died last year due to drug overdoses. Millions of others struggle with drug addiction. While the new opioid legislation does not provide all the answers, it is a step in the right direction to address the health crisis caused by these dangerous and easily accessible drugs. With major government agencies working together with health care providers, local law enforcement and other entities, it is possible to reduce the risk of opioid abuse.
Has Opioid Addiction Impacted Your Family?
At Tison Law Group, we have spent decades helping clients suffering from the effects of drug addiction. If opioid addiction has impacted your family, we may be able to help. We offer intervention and recovery assistance, as well as legal representation for drug-related offenses. Contact our office to schedule a consultation to discuss options for overcoming opioid addiction.