President Signs Bi-Partisan Opioid Package

Pills and MoneyPresident Donald Trump has signed into law a package of bills, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), that was passed by Congress in September.

From Reuters:

The legislation expands access to substance abuse treatment in Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor and disabled; cracks down on mailed shipments of illicit drugs such as fentanyl, a synthetic opioid far more powerful than heroin; and provides a host of new federal grants to address the crisis.

To help county officials understand this legislation, NACo has created a legislative analysis of the bills, outlining major provisions that impact counties. Additional information about the opioid response package can be found on the NACo website.

For more information:

Trump enacts anti-opioid abuse package in rare bipartisan step (Reuters)

House and Senate reach agreement on comprehensive opioid response package (NACo)

Opioid Legislative Analysis (NACo)