The unanimous passing of 70 senate bills aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic bodes well for war against opioid addiction. Opioid overdoses now claim over 160 lives a day in the US and the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 seeks to create and nurture programs and preventive measures to fight the epidemic.
In addition to stemming the illegal flow of deadly synthetic opioids like fentanyl into the US market, the Act will allow doctors to prescribe more medication, such as Sobuxone and Zubsolv (Buprenorphine/Naloxone), designed to help addicts with the opiate withdrawal process. It also boosts the scope for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and encourages behavioral and mental health treatment for addiction. MAT, which combines withdrawal medication with counseling, has proven to be a strong tool in preventing overdoses and enabling addicts to return to their normal lives.