By Blair Childs, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
While the states have made major strides in reducing opioid overdose deaths and harm, there is still much work to be done. What was highlighted today by witnesses from Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia reminds us of a remaining barrier that is stunting this progress. We applaud Chairwoman DeGette, Ranking Member Walden, Rep. Burgessand other members of the Committee for committing to redouble efforts to enact the Overdose Prevention and Safety Act as introduced by Rep. Blumenauer and Rep. Mullin this Congress. This bill will remove the limitations on the confidential sharing of information on substance use disorders (SUD) among providers, which prevents care coordination and creates a two-tiered system that disadvantages those with SUD diagnosis.
Read Premier’s statement for the hearing record below.