Take Action: Urge your Senators to Support the Opioid Crisis Response Act (OCRA) of 2018

May 10, 2018 | Addiction Policy Forum


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The Opioid Crisis Response Act (OCRA) of 2018 (S. 2680), would improve federal agencies’ ability to address our nation's drug crisis, and strengthen families and communities nationwide. Introduced by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), this legislation would:

  • 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.

To learn more about this bill click here.

This legislation contains many critical components that would help both to curb the opioid crisis and ensure that the future of this field is one founded in hope and guided by science.

We urge you to write your senators and tell them to support this important legislation.

Contact your Senators here.

Your voice can make a difference!


Topics: Advocacy