President Trump's new opioid law looks promising - FOX34 Lubbock

President Trump's new opioid law looks promising

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A year after declaring America's opioid epidemic a national public health emergency the president signed what he calls a landmark law to fight addiction. It focuses on funding programs, research, and more strict regulations.

The Support for Patients and Community Act, promotes researching new drugs for pain management, expands recovery centers, bans shipping fentanyl and other synthetic opioids into the country, lifts treatment restrictions, and expands medicare coverage for opioid treatment and telehealth services.

"You know and I think they have looked at a lot of good things, you know the extra money being put into new pain relievers will hopefully help that," said Dr. Charles Seifert, a pharmacy in practice professor at Texas Tech's Health Science Center. "In recent years probably within the last five years there have been multiple, multiple studies that have looked at different types of pain management and realized that the opioids are not the best option to go to for some of those conditions."

More than 72,000 Americans died of drug overdose deaths in 2017, up nearly 7% from the year before, according to the CDC, opioids contributed to more than 49,000 of those deaths.

Congress has appropriated $8.5 billion for opioid related programs this year, with no guarantee of additional funding in later years, in September, the Trump administration awarded more than a billion dollars in grants to help fight opioids, focusing primarily on treatment and prevention. 

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