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house Bill H.R. 5046

Do State and Local Health Programs Need More Funding for Treating Opioid Addiction?

Argument in favor

State and local health organizations need more federal funding for opioid addiction treatment programs. There are alternatives to sending addicts to prison and this bill could save lives and money in the long run.

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05/09/2016
While some localities are setting up the programs listed here, many aren't. The issue is too big to wait on local governments to do these programs. Some localities that use prison populations as indentured servents and/or use private jails that make the incentive to be prison (I'm looking at you Louisiana), they need this to come from the federal level.
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Trevor's Opinion
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05/10/2016
If addicts can dealt federal charges then the federal level needs to find alternatives.
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Aspros's Opinion
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05/10/2016
Too many people are suffering from addiction & it's time to stop the War on Drugs toward addiction treatment.
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Argument opposed

The federal government shouldn’t be providing grant funding for treatment-focused alternatives to incarceration. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. If state and local governments want such programs they can fund it themselves.

Dinnerandamurder's Opinion
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05/12/2016
I am all for rehabilitation, but this bill doesn't actually offer rehabilitation services! It's a scam. It trains the courts to recognize what it considers addicts and funds tracking pharmacies and prescriptions written and other things that actually have nothing to do with treatment programs! This is a bill funding making it harder for actual chronic pain sufferers to get access to the medications they need. Show us a bill that actually puts this money toward real treatment programs and I am all over it!
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Tom's Opinion
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05/09/2016
No the federal government should stay out of our business. They are elected officials and they work for us we do not work for them. If someone gets hooked on Opioids that is their fault not the fault of the taxpayer.
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Peter's Opinion
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05/13/2016
It shouldn't be up to the tax payer to help addicts in any way what so ever. They made the choice to overdose so let them deal with the consequences
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What is House Bill H.R. 5046?

This bill would create a Dept. of Justice (DOJ) grant program for state and local governments to use to provide services related to opioid abuse. $103 million per year in grants would be used for the purpose of creating a treatment-focused alternative to incarceration and preventing illegal activities that lead to opioid abuse. Opioids are narcotic drugs that may be created using opium from poppy seed or synthetically, which is often the case with many prescription painkillers.

The treatment alternative to incarceration could include the following:

  • Pre- or post-booking screenings;

  • Training for criminal justice personnel on the linkage between substance abuse and mental illness;

  • A mental health court;

  • A drug court;

  • A veterans treatment court.

States would be able to use these grants to improve planning and collaboration between state criminal justice agencies and state substance abuse programs with the goal of addressing opioid abuse. It would also provide for purchasing overdose reversal drugs and training first responders to administer the drug. Additional uses could include:

  • Investigating the unlawful distribution of opioids;

  • Developing a medication-assisted treatment program;

  • Creating or expanding a prescription drug monitoring program to track how often the drugs are dispensed at pharmacies; a program to prevent and address opioid use by people under the age of 18; and / or a comprehensive opioid abuse response program.

Applications would be submitted by the state, local, or tribal government’s chief executive officer to the Attorney General’s office. Before rejecting an application, the Attorney General would be required to notify the applicant about any problems with their application. The Attorney General would be required to ensure that the grants are awarded on an equitable basis geographically.

Impact

State and local health organizations looking to set up an opioid addiction treatment program; and the Dept. of Justice.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5046

$415.00 Million
The CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would cost $248 million over the 2017-2021 period and $167 million thereafter.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced this bill to counteract the growing epidemic of heroin and opioid addiction:

“For more than a decade, the rapid incline of heroin and opioid addiction has wreaked havoc on individuals, families, and communities in every part of our nation. It has increased crime and placed a heavy financial burden on American taxpayers. The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act is a commonsense, bipartisan approach that addresses this issue head on and will make a positive impact on our fight against addiction.”

Rep. Sensenbrenner's legislation is viewed as a slimmed down version of a more robust opioid addiction bill that the Senate passed in March 2016. This bill was passed by the House Judiciary Committee on a voice vote and has the bipartisan support of 10 cosponsors—including seven Republicans and three Democrats.



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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user frankieleon)

AKA

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016

Official Title

To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize the Attorney General to make grants to assist State and local governments in addressing the national epidemic of opioid abuse, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed May 12th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 413 Yea / 5 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedApril 25th, 2016

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    While some localities are setting up the programs listed here, many aren't. The issue is too big to wait on local governments to do these programs. Some localities that use prison populations as indentured servents and/or use private jails that make the incentive to be prison (I'm looking at you Louisiana), they need this to come from the federal level.
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    I am all for rehabilitation, but this bill doesn't actually offer rehabilitation services! It's a scam. It trains the courts to recognize what it considers addicts and funds tracking pharmacies and prescriptions written and other things that actually have nothing to do with treatment programs! This is a bill funding making it harder for actual chronic pain sufferers to get access to the medications they need. Show us a bill that actually puts this money toward real treatment programs and I am all over it!
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    If addicts can dealt federal charges then the federal level needs to find alternatives.
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    If people would get of there asses and get to work then there would be no need... There is no excuse for collecting a check from the government and mooching of tax payers and private organizations
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    Too many people are suffering from addiction & it's time to stop the War on Drugs toward addiction treatment.
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    No the federal government should stay out of our business. They are elected officials and they work for us we do not work for them. If someone gets hooked on Opioids that is their fault not the fault of the taxpayer.
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    It shouldn't be up to the tax payer to help addicts in any way what so ever. They made the choice to overdose so let them deal with the consequences
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    I feel that it is time to take the issue of substance dependency out of the hands of the criminal justice system and into the hands of the public health sector. We must stop this war on drugs, which is actually a war on US citizens and has proven year after year to prove how ineffective it is.
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    I's a public health matter. I'm in favor.
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    Stop introducing more federal funding opportunities to the states such as found in the subject bill. Our nation's government is no longer a republic of independent states; it is, rather, a soviet of states which have become addicted to federal grants where each grant comes with strings attached. This is how the federal legislature loses control and hands the power off to the administration which pulls the strings using its regulatory powers.
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    Let me rephrase the question. Do governments need to steal more money from everyone to pay for someone else's awful life decisions.
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    More people died of opioid addiction and overdose than from car accidents in 2014. It's a real problem that we must fix soon.
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    Really? Really! Really!? Do we need to spend MORE MONEY? There is not that big of crisis and have not heard of self control?
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    Not in the Federal government's job description! The states are more than capable of handling their own business! Let governors take care of their states and send back the funds with the stipulation "sent back monies" must be applied to the national debt!
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    Opiod and Drug abuse is a scourge for which medical and psychological treatment is more effective than prison.
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    We are in an opioid epidemic in this country, with over 30,000 people dying per year as a result of opioid use (roughly equivalent to the number of people dying in car accidents annually). The federal government needs to address this problem.
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    Addiction is a health concern as well as a social issue and prevention has always proved to be more efficient than treatment.
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    Proper checks to ensure no waste would benefit those with the addiction and hopefully we can see data collected that lowers those death numbers as a result
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    Not every "patient" who needs to use Opioids "as medications" have a problem with addiction. Some "patients" are unable to have a surgery OR a surgery does not exist for a disease a person has, therefore, they need to use these as daily "medications" because they are in severe pain that your typical medications don't even TOUCH. This does NOT mean they are drug addicts NOR does it mean they are the people who are out on the street corners looking and begging for drugs. Let's give these people some RESPECT! It's NOT their fault when disease of the body forces them to NEED to use opioids as medications so they can exist outside of a bed and/or feel somewhat possible to how a normal person feels. These patients DESERVE to have MUCH less severe pain and spend their time alive OUTSIDE of a bed and also to be able to have their pain lessened so they can feel somewhat more human! Treating a person who has a non-surgical disease with opioids is the HUMANE way to treat them. The war on drugs for these people is WRONG. I can state with fact they do NOT abuse their medications because they don't like to feel 'high' and/or they also know IF they did then this would no longer be available to them for treatment, and THAT IS NOT AN OPTION!
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    A request we can't afford
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