Obama Administration Announces Additional Actions to Address the Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic

The President recently proposed $1.1 billion in additional funding for opioid use disorder treatment.

Part of this plan involves expanding access to treatment; for example, buprenorphine-prescribing physicians were previously limited to seeing 100 patients, but are now allowed to see 200 patients in order to extend care to more of those who need it.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is coordinating trainings to certify more physicians to prescribe buprenorphine, and the Department of Health and Human Services is spreading funds to underserved community health centers all over the country with the intention of increasing substance use disorder services.

The President is also establishing a dedicated interagency task force, enhancing Medicaid’s coverage for mental health and substance use services, expanding public health and safety partnerships to combat the spread of heroin, and more.

Click here to find out more about the Nation’s plans to combat opioid abuse: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/29/fact-sheet-obama-administration-announces-additional-actions-address

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