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Senate Passes Anti-opioid Bill By a Vote of 94 to 1

March 11, 2016

On Thursday, March 10, 2016, the Senate passed the “Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act,”1 a bill intended to combat opioid misuse and overdose deaths, by a vote of 94 to 1,2, 3 despite the earlier failure of an emergency funding amendment that would have added a funding boost of $600 million to the bill.3, 4  The bill creates grant programs for states to develop education programs and evidence-based treatment plans, strengthens prescription monitoring programs, and expands availability of the opioid reversal agent, naloxone.1, 3  The bill also provides grants for state and local government and nonprofit organizations for treatment alternatives to incarceration programs for individuals who have come into contact with the juvenile or criminal justice system or have been arrested or charged with an offense, who have a substance use disorder, mental illness, or both, and who have been approved for participation in such a program.1

For more ADA “Science in the News” items on the prescription opioid epidemic, please see the following links:


  1. 114th Congress. S.524: Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/524. Accessed March 11, 2016.
  2. Demirjian K. Senate passes bill to combat heroin, painkiller abuse. Washington Post. March 10, 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/03/10/senate-set-to-pass-bill-to-combat-opioid-abuse/. Accessed March 11, 2016.
  3. Muchmore S. Senate passes opioid bill with no funding attached. Modern Healthcare. March 10, 2016. http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160310/NEWS/160319991?. Accessed March 11, 2016.
  4. Demirjian K. Senate rejects Democrats’ proposal to boost funding in opioid abuse bill. Washington Post. March 2, 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/03/02/democrats-wont-block-opioid-abuse-bill-over-funding-dispute/?tid=a_inl. Accessed March 11, 2016.

ADA Resources

ADA News: ADA, White House Partner on Opioid Abuse Prevention Initiative
ADA Catalog:  The ADA Practical Guide to Substance Use Disorders and Safe Prescribing (Item #P035)

Prepared by: Center for Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute

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