The bill includes support for research to find new, non-addictive pain relieving drugs and expanding access to substance abuse treatment for Medicaid patients.
According to CNN, the White House on Wednesday also announced public-private partnerships with Amazon, Belden Industries, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, CVS Health, Dispose RX, Emergent BioSolutions, Facebook, Global Teen Challenge, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Leidos, My Pillow, National Head Start Association, National Safety Council, Red Cross, Rite Aid, Ultimate Fighting Championship, Unshattered, Walgreens and Walmart.
The private-sector organizations will implement a variety of commitments aimed at curbing the opioid crisis, including administering drug disposal programs, streamlining medical records, increasing opioids education and supporting individuals in addiction recovery. It also includes measures that slow foreign shipments of illegal drugs to the United States.
President Trump said,
Together we are going to end the scourge of drug addiction in America. We are going to end it or we are going to at least make an extremely big dent in this terrible, terrible problem.
In 2017, more than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. According to real time opioid data collected in the state, since June 15, 2017, 2,349 suspected opioid deaths occurred in Arizona and nearly 15,000 suspected opioid overdoses. Learn more about the local numbers in the state from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
According to the Washington Post, only a few congressional Republicans dissented from the wildly popular opioids bill — it passed 393 to 8 in the House and 98 to 1 in the Senate
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