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H.R. 2482: 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 ...

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

Introduced on May 2, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on May 2, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Lawmakers Unveil Groundbreaking Addiction Treatment Reform Bill
    — Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20] (Sponsor) on May 2, 2019

KSAT: Federal bill would make live-saving opioid addiction treatment easier to prescribe
    — Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 23, 2019

Delgado Holds Panel Discussion on Combating the Opioid Crisis in Upstate Communities
    — Rep. Antonio Delgado [D-NY19] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 16, 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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