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House Passes Foster’s Bill to Assess Nationwide Opioid Addiction Treatment Capacity

May 12, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Last night, in a unanimous vote, the House of Representatives passed the Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act, a bill that will allow for better collection of data to address the opioid epidemic.

H.R. 4982 was introduced by Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) and directs a GAO study of in-patient and out-patient addiction treatment capacity and availability in the U.S. as well as an assessment of the need for this treatment capacity.

“Finding a starting point is key to addressing any problem,” Foster said. “If we are serious about addressing the opioid epidemic that is affecting so many people across this country, we need to first make sure we have the most accurate data about what we are dealing with. This bill gives us the ability to gather the information we need to fight back.  

The full text of the bill is available here.