The Opioid Crisis Response Act: Looking Ahead, Ignoring the Present
Hodge JG, Gulinson C, Hensley D. The Opioid Crisis Response Act: Looking ahead, Ignoring the Present. Jurist. September 22, 2018
4 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2018 Last revised: 21 Dec 2018
Date Written: September 22, 2018
On September 17, 2018, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly (99-1) in support of the Opioid Crisis Response Act (OCRA) of 2018. OCRA proposes a series of measures addressing the devastating, long-term impacts of opioid addiction and abuse nationally. Building on efforts previously authorized in 2016 via the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act, OCRA seeks to launch and fund an array of opioid prevention and response efforts through multiple federal agencies in collaboration with state and local governments. This commentary examines the pros and cons of OCRA.
Keywords: Opioids, Epidemic, Legislation, Congress, Crisis, Emergency, Response
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