Senate Acts on Opioid Crisis. Take Action in Support.

More than 63,600 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2016, a staggering 21 percent increase from 2015. With 174 people dying from drug overdose each day there is no doubt the drug epidemic is an urgent and serious problem.

The Opioid Crisis Response Act (OCRA) of 2018 (S. 2680), would improve federal agencies' ability to address our nation's drug crisis, and strengthen families and communities nationwide. Introduced by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), this legislation is heading to the Senate floor for a vote.

This bill would:

  • Help keep our first responders safe when assisting individuals who have overdosed;
  • Expand support services to help patients achieve long-term recovery;
  • Encourage emergency departments to notify families when a loved one has overdosed;
  • Provide resources to operate substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery centers;
  • Educate doctors to prevent, detect, and treat SUD; and
  • Expand the use of technology services for the treatment of additional SUD patients.

To see a full list of provisions included in this bill click here.

OCRA is an important step towards toward building the comprehensive infrastructure needed to address our nation's drug crisis and ensure individuals, families, and communities have the resources and tools they so desperately need, but we need your help to ensure this important piece of legislation becomes law.

We urge you to email your Senators today to tell them to cosponsor this critical piece of legislation.
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