A bipartisan bill to fight the opioid crisis was signed by President Trump on Wednesday (Oct. 24). Trump stated that the bill provides $6 billion in new funding “to end the scourge of drug addiction in America.”
“We are going to end it, or we are going to at least make an extremely big dent in this terrible, terrible problem,” Trump said in a signing ceremony attended by federal officials, members of Congress and law enforcement personnel in the White House East Wing.
The bill, titled SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, or SUPPORT Act, was introduced in the House on June 13 and received final congressional approval Oct. 3, having received votes of 396-14 in the House and 99-1 in the Senate.
Nearly 48,000 people died last year from overdoses involving opioids, according to WORLD Magazine, which noted that U.S. drug overdose deaths may be leveling off, although Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has said it’s too soon to declare victory.
The SUPPORT Act covers not only opioids but also any kind of substance abuse, WORLD reported. It will add treatment options and involve the U.S. Postal Service in screening overseas packages for fentanyl, a synthetic form of opioids largely being shipped from China.
Russell Moore, president of Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said he hopes the SUPPORT Act is “a first step in a committed national effort to combat the opioid addiction plague. Churches and families and communities all across the country are being torn apart by this crushing problem.
“Every elected official should be concentrating on ways to break the pattern of addiction and to help those who are in its grip,” Moore said.
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Source: Baptist Press