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Stivers’ treatment bill signed into law as part of larger opioid package

The Ripon Advance

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Washington, October 26, 2018 | comments
The RESULTS Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), became law this week as part of a larger, wide-ranging policy package that aims to end the opioid devastation ravaging Americans.
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The RESULTS Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), became law this week as part of a larger, wide-ranging policy package that aims to end the opioid devastation ravaging Americans.

“I am proud my bipartisan bill was included in this comprehensive package to help ensure people are receiving treatments that are proven to work to beat drug addiction,” Rep. Stivers said this week.

Rep. Stivers on March 14 introduced The RESULTS Act, officially the Reinforcing Evidence-Based Standards Under Law in Treating Substance Abuse Act of 2018, H.R. 5272, with original cosponsors who included U.S. Reps. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Eliot L. Engel (D-NY).

“In Ohio and across the country, opioids have derailed careers, broken friendships, separated families, and taken lives,” the congressman said on Oct. 24. “Those who have sought treatment have already taken a tremendous step in the right direction, and we owe it to them to help them get their lives back.”

Language from H.R. 5272 was included the bipartisan, bicameral Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, H.R. 6, which President Donald Trump signed into law on Oct. 24.

Specifically, language from H.R. 5272 is included in Section 7111 of H.R. 6 and will require the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to issue information to grantees seeking to treat mental health and substance use disorders in order to promote the use and replication of evidence-based practices, according to Rep. Stivers’ statement.

The H.R. 6 provision requires SAMHSA to issue and update information for grantees that encourages them to ramp up their use of evidence-based treatments based on the most current science, according to the lawmaker’s office.

Doing so will increase how the nation successfully treats opioid addictions and could help save millions of people’s lives, according to Rep. Stivers.

“I look forward to continuing this bipartisan effort to combat drug addiction in our country,” the congressman said on Wednesday.

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