WTRF: President Trump signs bill that provides funding to battle opioid crisis

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Washington, October 25, 2018 | comments
As opioids continue to ravage our state, the country seems to get one step closer finding a solution to this devastating crisis. President Trump signed a 600 page bill to fight the opioid crisis into law on Wednesday. The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (or H.R. 6) will provide $8 billion this year to battle the addiction epidemic.
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As opioids continue to ravage our state, the country seems to get one step closer finding a solution to this devastating crisis.

President Trump signed a 600 page bill to fight the opioid crisis into law on Wednesday.

The SUPPORT for Patients  and Communities Act (or H.R. 6) will provide $8 billion this year to battle the addiction epidemic.

This bill will work towards expanding recovery centers, curb drug shipments, lift treatment restrictions, switch up Medicare and Medicaid, and free up new painkiller research.

Many items in the national bill are cloned from ideas from West Virginia, the state hardest hit. There will be more national care for drug addicted babies, modeled after Lily's Place in Huntington. There wil be more quick response teams that treat overdoes, also modeled after that same city.

Four of those bills in the act were championed by West Virginia's Congressman David McKinley. He said this only continues the effectiveness of battling the crisis, and he is glad to see a president work diligently to fight it.

With billions of dollars expected to go towards this, this is expected to change the way the opioid epidemic is currently handled. McKinley says, "so when people get their pain medicine, maybe they're not given a pill. Maybe there's an alternative type of medicine. Those are the kinds of things that are included in this legislation. How else we can address pain. How are we going to be able to fund more Rehabilitation facilities in West Virginia. This bill has it all in that."

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