The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act — What Will It Mean for the Opioid-Overdose Crisis?


Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, this article written by Corey S. Davis describes the increasing drug-overdose epidemic in America and the Congressional legislation that has failed to stop its rise. Neither does the current state of the government help -- the Office of National Drug Control Policy has not had a director since President Trump was elected, the office of the attorney general is focused on criminalizing drug-using persons, and the Affordable Care Act, which reduced the number of uninsured persons with a heroin addiction, has been under major fire by Republicans in Congress.

Despite this, the article goes on to discuss the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which was signed by President Trump in October 2018. It describes the law's main goals as increasing access to evidence-based treatment and follow-up care, particularly for pregnant women, children, people in rural areas, and people in recovery from a substance use disorder. Finally, Davis concludes that although the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act goes a little ways in helping the drug use epidemic, America still lacks a coordinated federal strategy for systematically reducing overdoses and helping those who need assistance.

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