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House Passes Compromise Bill to Address Opioid Abuse

On July 8, the House approved, 407-5, the conference report for S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. On May 13, the House approved its version of S. 524 (see The Source, 5/13/16). The House previously advanced several stand-alone bills to address the epidemic of opioid abuse (see The Source, 5/13/16 and 4/29/16). The Senate passed its version of S. 524 on March 10 (see The Source, 3/11/16).

According to the conference report, the bill would authorize $103 million annually for FY2017-2021 to support treatment, training, and enforcement programs at the Department of Justice, as well as $25 million annually to expand medication-assisted treatment and addiction services through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The measure also would authorize $16.9 million annually for HHS grants to treat pregnant and postpartum women in substance abuse programs.


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