New Legislation Targets Opioid Crisis


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Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018

Dr. Carol Lynn Childers serves as a consulting psychiatrist for Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare and at Healthcare Alternative Systems. With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Carol Lynn Childers is an advocate for mental health care reform.

Recently, Lamar Alexander (R) of Tennessee sponsored Senate bill (SB 2680), titled the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. The legislation aims to reduce the impact of the opioid epidemic and improve access to treatments and other professional interventions.

Legislators say the bill offers government assistance to address the opioid epidemic, considered the most tragic drug crisis in the country’s history. The law’s legal and regulatory provisions include the following: 1) make treatment for opioid addiction more accessible to everyone; 2) allow for federal agencies to coordinate with each other in preventing synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil from crossing U.S. borders; and, 3) encourage research on non-opioid pain medications.

Moreover, this new legislation creates a program that would release grants to Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers. This provision will help these centers meet needs for treatment and recovery.