Take Action: Urge your Senators to Support the Cornyn/Feinstein Prevention Bill

May 10, 2018 | Addiction Policy Forum

 

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Introduced by Senators John Cornyn (TX-R) and Dianne Feinstein (CA-D), the Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) Act of 2018 (S. 2789) addresses all areas of prevention. Here are seven things the SAP Act of 2018 would do:

  1. Reauthorize the Office of National Drug Control Policy: the SAP Act Reauthorizes the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) at the White House. The ONDCP is primarily responsible for coordinating all the federal agencies in their collective efforts to address addiction.

  2. Secure Key Drug Misuse Prevention and Enforcement Programs: Continues several important programs under the ONDCP, including the Drug-Free Communities Program and the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program.

  3. Reauthorize Drug Courts: Reauthorizes Department of Justice funding for drug courts.

  4. Support Families with Substance Use Challenges: Provides resources to the Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) for screening, treatment, supportive housing, and interventions in order to help support families as they battle substance use challenges.

  5. Expand Abuse-Deterrent Opioids: Eliminates barriers that previously prevented members of group and individual health plans from accessing abuse-deterrent opioids and requires commercial and Medicare plans to educate doctors on misuse prevention efforts, including the use of abuse-deterrent opioids.

  6. Expand Naloxone: Requires hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid patients to provide overdose reversal medication and a referral to treatment options as part of the discharge protocol for overdose patients.

  7. Educate Prescribers: Requires Attorney General and HHS Secretary to complete a plan for educating and training medical practitioners in best practices for prescribing controlled substances.

Urge your Senators to support the SAP Act of 2018 in order to strengthen our efforts to prevent addiction and ultimately save lives.  

Contact your Senators here.

Your voice can make a difference!

Topics: Advocacy

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