On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, President Trump signed into law H.R. 6, the “Substance Use–Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act” or the “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act,” which addresses the opioid crisis by reducing access to and the supply of opioids and by expanding access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said, “The American Farm Bureau Federation is pleased that President Trump signed into law the Support for Patients and Communities Act, a measure that promises help in the fight against drug addiction.
“Opioids are stalking rural America. Our farmers and ranchers once thought addiction was predominantly something cities had to deal with. Sadly, we know now that opioids are taking the lives of Americans from all walks of life. And unlike years ago, rural America is showing some of the highest rates of opioid addiction anywhere.
“We lost a record 72,000 lives to overdoses in 2017. Today’s action will make it easier for Medicaid patients to seek and receive the treatment they need to overcome drug addiction. It increases policing of the mail that accounts for much of the opioid trade and increases grant funding to fight addiction in our communities.
“We thank Congress and the President for making this legislation law. It reminds us that we are Farm Town Strong (farmtownstrong.org).”
Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) said, “This bipartisan opioid package is now law, meaning that more resources will be available in the fight against the devastating opioid epidemic. I introduced six bills that are included in this new law, which will help us better understand and treat opioid addiction in order to save lives in Indiana and across America.”
Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) said, “As the opioid epidemic continues to harm families and communities across Indiana and the United States, I’m very glad the President signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act into law. This gives us more tools to combat this public health crisis. This law includes several provisions I authored, and works to ensure that those providing prevention, treatment, and recovery services in our communities have the resources they need.”
Sources: White House News, American Farm Bureau Federation, Senator Joe Donnelly’s Communication Office