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H.R. 2482 (116th): Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act of 2019

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Should we loosen restrictions on one of the supposedly-best ways to treat opioid addiction, or would it actually just make the problem worse?


The opioid crisis caused more than 68,500 deaths last year. That exceeds the peak year of deaths for AIDS, car crashes, or gun violence. The good news, if any, is that opioid deaths dropped by about -5% in 2018 from the peak in 2017.

One of the most effective ways to treat opioid addiction is through a medication called buprenorphine. However, the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000, passed as part of the Children’s Health Act of 2000 — well before the 2010s opioid crisis — often stands in the way.

The law requires physicians and doctors to obtain a waiver from the Drug …

Sponsor and status

Paul Tonko

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 20th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 2, 2019
Length: 6 pages
May 2, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 2, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


117 Cosponsors (95 Democrats, 22 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Tonko Announces $7.8M Local Awards to Combat Substance Use Disorder
    — Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20] (Sponsor) on Oct 22, 2020

KSAT: Federal bill would make live-saving opioid addiction treatment easier to prescribe
    — Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX37] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 23, 2019

Delgado Introduces Legislation to Stop Political Contributions from Opioid Manufacturers
    — Rep. Antonio Delgado [D-NY19, 2019-2022] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 20, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

The Levenson Foundation As experts in SUD and co-occurring mental health challenges, and former owner/operators of one of the nations leading, largest and best-known private providers of dual diagnosis impatient treatment responsible for the treatment of tens of thousands of Americans, and now as …
Reynolds Consultants As a Psychiatric Pharmacist that has practiced for 38 years I have a great deal of knowledge about the clinicians who treat Opiate Use Disorders. This is not a topic taught in medical school, nor is it a skill that is …


May 2, 2019

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Mar 3, 2020
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H.R. 2482 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2482. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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