Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report that determined, if approved, the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (OCRA; S. 2680) would authorize approximately $7.9 billion in funding for key federal agencies to address the opioid crisis in the United States, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, and other federal agencies under HHS.
Introduced by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), OCRA would improve federal agencies’ ability to address our nation's drug crisis, and strengthen families and communities nationwide.
OCRA contains many important provisions, including:
- Help keep our first responders safe when assisting individuals who have overdosed;
- Expand support services to help patients achieve long-term recovery;
- Encourage emergency departments to notify families when a loved one has overdosed;
- Provide resources to operate substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery centers;
- Educate doctors to prevent, detect, and treat SUD; and
- Expand the use of technology services for the treatment of additional SUD patients.
This legislation contains many critical components that would help curb the opioid crisis and ensure that the future of this field is one founded on hope and guided by science. We urge you to write your senators and tell them to support this important legislation.
Contact your Senators here.
To learn more about OCRA click here.
To read the CBO’s report click here.