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H.R.4982

Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act of 2016

Introduced on 4-18-16 by Bill Foster [D-IL-11] and referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee. Cosponsored by Frank Pallone [D-NJ-6], Jaime Herrera Beutler [R-WA-3], Todd Rokita [R-IN-4].  Related bills are H.R.4982, H.R.4396, H.R.4435, S.1410 and S.2562.
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.

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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