Today the US House of Representatives passed HR 34, The 21st Century Cures Act. The legislation provides $1 Billion over several years to states through the existing grant program for prevention, treatment, prescription drug monitoring programs, opioid treatment programs, and workforce development.
The bill also creates federal drug courts and programs for alternatives to incarceration for individuals with SUD. It also encourages integration of care for SUD with primary care.
This late development demonstrates the importance of SUD issues when the public becomes concerned and expresses that to Congress. The opioid epidemic became a major issue in the recent Presidential campaign and Congress took note.
We’re pleased that CURES passed with bi-partisan congressional support and with support of the White House.