Congressman Guthrie’s opioid bill signed into law

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Brett Guthrie’s (R-KY) bill to combat the opioid crisis was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

The Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act (HR 5327) is part of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (HR 6).

This is Rep. Guthrie’s third bill signed into law in October.

“Combatting our nation’s opioid crisis has been a top priority for Congress and for President Trump,” said Guthrie, who serves as vice chair of the Health Subcommittee and chairman of the Workforce Development Subcommittee. “This is a crisis that affects everyone, and sadly, I have heard from Kentuckians in every corner of the Second District who have lost loved ones to opioid use disorder. After hearing from folks around the country, particularly in states like Kentucky who have been hit hardest by this epidemic, Republicans and Democrats came together with comprehensive legislation that will help people recover from opioid use disorder and rebuild their lives.” 

The bill establishes a grant program for treatment facilities to offer all FDA-approved treatments for opioid use disorder, as well as providing residential rehabilitation, recovery housing, and community-based and peer recovery support services.

“Currently, patients suffering from opioid use disorder are often limited to their local health care provider’s preferred method of treatment,” said Guthrie. “But anyone can fall victim to opioid use disorder, and each patient might respond differently to various methods of treatment. The Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act will help patients get specific, tailored treatment for opioid use disorder.”

Rep. Guthrie worked with both sides of the aisle to include legislation to increase access to Medicaid funding for substance use disorder treatment and to help pregnant women and new mothers receive treatment for opioid use disorder.

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(This story was originally published on October 24, 2018)

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