America has been reeling under the opioid epidemic and lawmakers across the country have been intensifying their efforts to create and adopt policies to contain the emergency. Recently, the efforts of U.S. Congressman Keith Rothfus bore fruit when two of his bills were included in the anti-opioid legislations passed by the House.
Aptly named Coordinated Overdose and Drug Epidemic Response to the Emergency Declaration (CODE RED) Act and the Expanding Access to Treatment Act (EATA), the two acts aimed to keep a check on anti-drug use to increase accountability and expand access to treatment, respectively. These have been pieced together to form a part of the broader opioid law.
Congressman Rothfus had introduced the CODE RED Act on May 25, 2018. The bill was based on the recommendations made by the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which suggested that the policies initiated and the funds granted by the federal government ought to be monitored by working in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
CODE RED essentially made provision for the establishment of a central repository that would keep track of the relevant grants to be maintained with the support of the National Drug Control Program Agencies and any other agency as decided by the relevant authority. The bill also mentioned developing a performance metrics to measure the success of pre-identified initiatives and the cost-effectiveness of those initiatives. Moreover, it aimed to institute a standard application process for drug-control grants and the creation of a public portal which would make available the details of the federal grants and subsequent reporting to the Congress about the progress of the initiatives, including a feasibility stock of the same. “We must take more action on solutions that will end this crisis and give families the hope and help they need,” said Rothfus.
Around the same time, the Congressman had also introduced the EATA with the aim to “provide additional resources for federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics to help offset the costs of training their clinicians to treat substance abuse disorders.”
After the bill was passed as part of the Coordinated Response through Interagency Strategy and Information Sharing (CRISIS) Act, Rothfus said that improving access to treatment was critical to fighting the opioid epidemic as it helped patients break the cycle of abuse and take the path to recovery.
With the number of people addicted to opioids increasing on a daily basis, timely treatment is the key to complete recovery. While federal laws are constantly being established and amended keeping in mind the increasing number of Americans looking for addiction drug rehabs, it is essential that people become more aware of the condition and adept at identifying the symptoms of an opioid use disorder (OUD).
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