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By Jill Drachenberg, Editor, Relias Media
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed sweeping legislation to address the opioid epidemic, including efforts to stem the tide of fentanyl trafficking and give patients expanded options for treatment.
The bipartisan Opioid Crisis Response Act also allows the Drug Enforcement Administration to rein in opioid manufacturing quotas for drug manufacturers if diversion is suspected, and expands the use of telemedicine to remotely prescribe medication-assisted treatments for substance use disorder patients.
The bill also includes the following:
But don’t expect to see these measures implemented any time soon, as a House and Senate conference must the reconcile the Senate’s bill with a similar bill passed by the House — efforts that likely won’t begin in earnest until after Election Day.
You can find more information on opioid-use disorder and alternative pain relief strategies in The Opioid Epidemic 2018: Policies, Treatments, Alternatives.