treatmentH.R. 4982
“Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act of 2016”

Introduced by Bill Foster [D-IL-11] on 4-18-16 with cosponsors Frank Pallone [D-NJ-6], Jaime Herrera Beutler [R-WA-3] and Todd Rokita [R-IN-4], this bill was referred to the committee on Energy and Commerce. Related Bills in {committee} are H.R.4396 The Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Reduction Act {HELP committee}, H.R.4435 The Comprehensive Behavioral Health Reform and Recovery Act of 2016 {Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs}, S.1410 Treatment and Recovery Investment Act {HELP committee} and S.2562 Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Reduction Act {HELP committee}.

Purpose: To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to evaluate and report on the in-patient and outpatient treatment capacity, availability, and needs of the United States [pertaining to treatment of substance abuse disorders].

Within 2 years the Comptroller General of the United States shall initiate an evaluation, and submit to Congress a report, of the in-patient and outpatient treatment capacity, availability, and needs of the United States, of acute residential or inpatient detoxification programs, stabilization programs, transitional residential support services, and residential rehabilitation programs; those designed for pregnant women or adolescents; geographical differences; the availability of conventional programs using FDA-approved medicines and evidence-based nonpharmacological therapies; and the number of patients involved.

This bill is simply a study on available treatment of substance abuse in the United States. There are no particulars listed on how this will be done, who will do it, or how much it will cost. I would think that this type of data is available already, and just needs to be compiled into a report. Unless the committee adds to it, there is nothing here to hurt chronic pain treatment, and having this type of information would probably help the cause of distinguishing between the pain patient population and the substance abusers. We just need to keep an eye on the bill as it goes through modification in the committee.

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