Program to stem the tide of opioid addiction underway at Manatee Memorial
The U.S. House passed Congressman Vern Buchanan’s bipartisan legislation that aims to rectify that issue. The bill, which found support from Democrats and medical professionals, makes it easier to find information about how patients can safely use opioids to treat different types of pain without becoming addicted.
“This is a long-overdue bill that creates a centralized source of information for patients and family members on the best practices to avoid opioid addiction,” said Buchanan, R-Longboat Key. “It provides the information people need to manage their pain without risking addiction.”
The Centralized Opioid Guidance Act requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to craft an “accessible resource guide” that will be available on the agency’s website for anyone to access.
According to a news release, the federal government already provided reports, studies and guidelines, but they are scattered across the internet throughout at least nine agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services. Buchanan’s bill makes that information easier to find and isn’t expected to produce any cost.
Buchanan’s bill was co-sponsored by Pennsylvania Democrat Conor Lamb and endorsed by various local organizations, including Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells, Drug free Manatee, Manatee Memorial Hospital, the Manatee County Commission and Centerstone, a local addiction center.
“Currently, it is difficult and time-consuming to access trusted federal opioid prescribing guidelines,” Centerstone Florida CEO Melissa Larkin-Skinner said. “In requiring the CMS to post all relevant opioid prescribing guidelines in one online space, more patients and providers will be able to quickly seek out and reference the most up-to-date and trusted opioid prescribing guidelines.”
The bill also instructs the HHS to work on a coordinated curriculum for opioid prescribers. It passed the House on Friday and will be voted on by the Senate soon. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.