CongressThis Bill was introduced on 2-22-16, sponsored by Senator Sherrod Brown, [D-OH] and cosponsored by Senator Tammy Baldwin, [D-WI].  It is in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, made up of Senators Lamar Alexander, Tammy Baldwin,, Michael Bennet, Richard Burr, Robert Casey, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Michael Enzi, Al Franken, Orrin Hatch, Johnny Isakson, Mark Kirk, Barbara Mikulski, Lisa Murkowski, Christopher Murphy, Patty Murray, Rand Paul, Pat Roberts, Bernard Sanders, Tim Scott, Elizabeth Warren, and Sheldon Whitehouse. Related bills are H.R.2536, H.R.3680, H.R.3691, H.R.4276, H.R.4396, H.R.4435, H.R.4982 and S.1455.


Grants for the study of opiate addiction and treatment are not bad. But they are working on the incorrect premise here that Suboxone is a good way to treat addiction. This is  WRONG. Suboxone is an abused drug, giving the addict a high 4x that of OxyContin per the addicts I knew in prison. Tell the legislators just to check with FBOB authorities about the rampant abuse of it in their system. Also, as I point out in the summary, they don’t allow for grants for alternative medicine treatments of addiction. I have the perfect treatment that can cure addiction easily, but this method would probably not meet the criteria for getting a grant. That needs to be changed.

In your letters to the legislators, feel free to refer to me, Linda S. Cheek, and my website, for information on how to cure drug addiction.


“Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse
Prevention and Reduction Act”.

To support a comprehensive public health response to the heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis.


SEC. 101. Practitioner education.

(1) REGISTRATION CONSIDERATION.—Section 303(f) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 823(f)) is amended by inserting after paragraph (5) the following:

“(6) The applicant’s compliance with the training requirements described in subsection (g)(3) during any previous period in which the applicant has been subject to such training requirements.”.

(2) TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.—Amends section 303(g) with:

“(3) (A) To be registered to prescribe or otherwise dispense opioids for the treatment of pain, or pain management, a practitioner described in paragraph (1) shall comply with the 12-hour training requirement of subparagraph (B) at least once during each 3-year period or the requirements of a State training program approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under subparagraph (C).

“(B) 12 hours of training is with respect to treatment and management of opioid-dependent patients, pain management treatment guidelines; and early detection of opioid addiction. State training programs may comply.

Funding of enforcement of the requirements is through The Drug Enforcement Administration using a portion of the licensing fees paid by controlled substance prescribers. Also $1,000,000  is appropriated for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

This section is extremely dangerous. It makes a physician’s failure to meet education requirements a criminal act, with resulting prison sentence probable. Since when is lack of training in any profession criminal?  Please make sure the legislators don’t do that to doctors.

SEC. 102. Co-prescribing opioid overdose reversal drugs grant program.

Allows for a four-year co-prescribing opioid overdose reversal drugs grant program for not more than a total of 12 grants. Co-prescribing is the practice of prescribing an opioid overdose reversal drug in conjunction with an opioid prescription for patients at an elevated risk of overdose and for the treatment of opioid abuse disorders.

SEC. 103. Opioid overdose reversal co-prescribing guidelines.

Allows for grants to eligible State entities to develop opioid overdose reversal co-prescribing guidelines at not than $200,000 per grant.

SEC. 104. Surveillance capacity building—Grants for improving the ID of deaths due to overdose, involving training and improved data collection with electronic database.


SEC. 201. Grants to support syringe exchange programs providing outreach, counseling, health education, case management, syringe disposal, and other services as appropriate; and technical assistance, including $15,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021

SEC. 202. Grant program to reduce drug overdose deaths by distributing the drug naloxone, educating prescribers and pharmacists about overdose prevention and naloxone prescription, training first responders, educating the public and providing outreach to the public about overdose prevention and naloxone prescriptions. Establish a coordinating center for the collecting, compiling, and disseminating data on the programs and activities under this section, developing best practices for preventing deaths occurring from drug overdoses; $20,000,000 authorized for each of the fiscal years 2017 through 2021.


SEC. 301. Expansion of patient limits under waiver. Raises the maximum number of patients a doctor can treat with opioid management drugs from 100 to 250 over 3 years with certain requirements. Evaluation of the effects of this expansion to be carried out 2 years later.

This entire section is increasing the availability of Suboxone for people who are “addicted”. This is opening the door to more addiction than any other known pharmaceutical. Suboxone, by report from addicts, gives a high 4x that of OxyContin. It is the primary drug available in prisons today. Tell your legislator to just check on that fact and they will have the answer. This is not the answer to addiction, but will worsen it.

SEC. 304. Reauthorizes residential treatment programs for pregnant and postpartum women, allowing $40,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

SEC. 305. Grants for State substance abuse agencies designed to support family-based services for pregnant and postpartum women with a primary diagnosis of a substance use disorder, including opioid use disorders;

SEC. 306. Evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and interventions demonstration.

(a) Grants.— $300,000,000 is authorized for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

(3) NATURE OF ACTIVITIES.—The grant funds awarded under paragraph (1) shall be used for activities that are based on reliable scientific evidence of efficacy in the treatment of problems related to heroin or other opioids.

This basically eliminates any attempt to get grant funds for the use of alternative treatments for drug addiction. And since “Evidence-based” treatment doesn’t get to the real cause, the results of this Bill, if it becomes law, will be ineffective in the treatment of addiction.

 SEC. 307. Grants to improve access to treatment and recovery for adolescents. $25,000,000 is authorized for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

SEC. 308. Strengthening parity in mental health and substance use disorder benefits.

This section pertains to getting these services covered by insurance.

SEC. 309. Study on treatment infrastructure.

Not later than 24 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall initiate an evaluation, and submit to Congress a report, of the inpatient and outpatient treatment capacity, availability, and needs of the United States,

SEC. 310. Substance use disorder professional loan repayment program.

“(a) Establishment.—The Secretary shall establish and carry out a substance use disorder health professional loan repayment program under which qualified health professionals agree to be employed full-time for a specified period (which shall be not less than 2 years) in providing substance use disorder prevention and treatment services in underserved areas.

TITLE IV—Recovery

SEC. 401. National youth recovery initiative.

a program to help individuals who are recovering from substance use disorders to initiate, stabilize, and maintain healthy and productive lives in the community; and includes peer-to-peer support and communal activities to build recovery skills and supportive social networks.

(4) the Secretary of HHS may award grants to provide substance use recovery support services to young people in high school and enrolled in institutions of higher education; authorized $30,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

SEC. 402. Grants to enhance and expand recovery support services.

The Secretary of HHS shall award grants to State substance abuse agencies and nonprofit organizations to develop, expand, and enhance recovery support services for individuals with substance use disorders involving education, mentoring, peer recovery support services, recovery-focused community education and outreach programs, programs aimed at identifying and reducing stigma and discriminatory practices that serve as barriers to substance use disorder recovery and treatment of these disorders, partnerships between public and private substance use disorder treatment programs and systems, health care providers, recovery-focused addiction and recovery professionals, faith-based organizations, organizations focused on criminal justice reform, schools and social service agencies$100,000,000 authorized for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.