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President Trump Signs the Historic Opioid Package (H.R. 6) into Law!

October 24, 2018

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Today, President Trump signed the historic Opioid Package (H.R. 6) into law!


“We are thrilled that HR 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, has been signed into law by the President today. HR 6 will help millions of patients, families and communities impacted by addiction by expanding services across the full continuum of care - prevention, treatment, and recovery; as well as improving access to medication assisted treatment, ending patient brokering, and enhancing law enforcement efforts. This is a disease that has touched almost every American, and we are thankful that the President has signed this historic legislation into law.”

- Jessica Hulsey Nickel, Founder and President
Addiction Policy Forum

Throughout the entire 115th Congress, Members of the House and Senate have given this crisis a great deal of attention. In June, the House of Representatives passed more than 50 bills that were then combined to make H.R. 6. At the same time, the Senate was working on similar legislation, the Opioid Crisis Response Act, that compiled input from over 70 different Senators and was ultimately included in the final version of H.R. 6.

This past September and October, both the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed this final package, sending the most comprehensive piece of federal legislation ever crafted to address addiction to the President and signed into law on October 24, 2018.

Among the many important provisions, this legislation will help curb the devastating opioid crisis, while also ensuring that the millions of patients, families, and communities impacted by addiction have the care, support, and resources they need and deserve.

We are thankful for what this Congress has accomplished and for treating addiction as the medical condition that it is.

To learn more about what is in this package, check out the 41 Key Components or watch the 10 Things To Know About the Opioid Package.

Addiction Policy Forum

Addiction Policy Forum is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating addiction as a major health problem. Our national headquarters is located in Washington, DC with resources and services in every state.