On October 24, President Trump signed the “Substance Use-Disorder Prevention That Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act,” which aims to address the opioid crisis by reducing the supply of opioids and access to them. The law also expands access to much-needed prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
SUPPORT is a bipartisan effort to combat the opioid crisis, which takes the lives of more than 100 Americans each day and has affected nearly every family across this country.
The new law follows the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, the 21st Century Cures Act, and a $4 billion appropriation in the omnibus bill earlier this year, as well as $6.7 billion included in the recent Defense-Labor-HHS appropriations package to boost substance abuse and mental health programs. These efforts represent the most significant congressional action against a single drug crisis in history.
Among the many important provisions, SUPPORT will help those impacted by addiction by expanding services across the full continuum of care – prevention, treatment, and recovery – and improve access to medication-assisted treatment, ending patient brokering and enhancing law enforcement efforts.
SUPPORT is expected to curb the devastating opioid crisis, while ensuring that the millions of patients, families, and communities affected by addiction have the care, support, and resources they need and deserve.