This week, the U.S. Senate voted to enter into formal negotiations with the U.S. House of Representatives on previously approved legislation intended to address the nation’s looming addiction crisis. This move signals that House and Senate leaders have made assurances to move and pass a final package for the President to sign and may come as early this July before Congress breaks for summer recess. The bills contain a variety of policy provisions which lawmakers hope will make a significant impact in curtailing misuse of opioids. These provisions include:
Expanding the availability of naloxone to law enforcement agencies and other first responders to help in the reversal of overdoses to save lives.
Expanding and creating disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications.
Evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and intervention program to expand best practices for providers and prescribers.)
Strengthening prescription drug monitoring programs to help states monitor and track prescription drug diversion.)
NASS continues to monitor this legislation and its potential impact spine care providers who prescribe opioids. More information about this legislation can be found Here