The Senate passed major bipartisan opioid legislation this week -- H.R. 6 is now on its way to be signed into law. This is a significant step in the ongoing fight against this epidemic. It will increase access to treatment, improve prevention, and give law enforcement more tools. H.R. 6 includes four bills we have championed.
First is the POWER Act (H.R. 5176), which we introduced with Representative Doyle. It will help reduce repeat overdoses by helping patients get connected with treatment options directly following an overdose.
H.R. 6 also includes the Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) Act (H.R. 5197) that we introduced with Representative Pascrell. The ALTO Act builds on a successful model used in NJ to encourage alternative pain management in the ER.
Emmett's Law (H.R. 5695) will educate health professionals about information on substance abuse and overdoses they can share with family members.
Finally, H.R. 5628, the Access to Increased Drug Disposal Act was also included. The AIDD Act will improve access to drug disposal programs for leftover Rx medicine. A majority of opioid users become addicted with pills from friends and family, and this bill will reduce the availability.
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