Opioid Addiction Treatment Modernization Act
Introduced on 6-24-15 by Larry Bucshon [R-IN-8] and referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and Judiciary, then referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. Cosponsored by Steve Womack [R-AR-3], Steve Chabot [R-OH-1], Steve Stivers [R-OH-15], Daniel Webster [R-FL-10], and Ann Kuster [D-NH-2]
Purpose: To amend the Controlled Substances Act to modernize the treatment of opioid addiction, and for other purposes.
The Congress finds that opioid addiction has become a public health epidemic that must be addressed by increasing awareness and access to all treatment options for opioid addiction, overdose reversal, and relapse prevention.
SEC. 3. Opioid addiction treatment modernization.
Amends Section 303(g) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 823(g)) to require practitioner training every 2 years which addresses opioid detoxification, appropriate clinical use of drugs for the treatment of opioid addiction, patient assessments, individualized treatment plans, overdose reversal and relapse prevention, and appropriate counseling and other services. Recertification occurs annually. The practitioner maintains a diversion control plan with specific measures to reduce the likelihood of the diversion of controlled substances prescribed. The physician obtains in writing from each patient a signed acknowledgment that the patient will be subject to medication adherence and substance use monitoring, understands available treatment options, and has an individualized treatment plan.
Inspection authority.—The Secretary of HHS or the Attorney General may inspect persons that are registered to ensure compliance with the requirements to which noncompliance may result in a revocation or suspension of the practitioner’s registration.
Reports to Congress.— the Comptroller General shall perform a thorough review of the provision of opioid addiction treatment services in the United States; and submit a report to the Congress on the findings and conclusions of such review.