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June 12, 2018  | 

National Addiction Policy Update June 2018




This week the full House will begin considering over 20 bills to address the opioid epidemic. Consideration of these bills is expected to continue throughout the month.

Bills in consideration include: policy changes to educate pharmacists, creation of a national program to test alternative pain management treatments, development of best practices for addiction treatment and recovery housing, and greater sharing of patient history information upon consent. It is expected that the majority of the individual bills will be combined into a single streamlined package before being sent to the Senate.

On Friday, the House Rules Committee, which is the last stop before bills go to the Floor, scheduled a markup of the first 3 bills:


Senate Judiciary Committee

The Committee approved an additional bill, the Preventing Drug Diversion Act (S. 2837) to address the opioid epidemic.  The Committee previously considered a handful of bills before the Memorial Day break.

Senate Finance Committee

The committee noticed a markup for the Helping to End Addiction and Lessen (HEAL) Substance Use Disorder Act. In a press release announcing the markup, the Committee said the bill would:

As we have previously reported, once the Committees finish their work, the Senate may take up a package of bills. It is not yet confirmed whether such consideration may take place this summer or possibly not until after the November elections.



On June 8th, the Administration announced the release of ads intended to promote awareness among young people about the dangers of opioids.  The ads, which depict real life stories and are intended to have shock value, were created by the Truth Initiative, which produced the “Truth Campaign” anti-smoking ads.  Facebook, Amazon, Turner, NBC and Google are among those donating ad time, which the Ad Council said is estimated to be the equivalent of $30 million




This Policy Update was generously provided by Holly Strain & Carol McDaid of Capitol Decisions