Snyder, Calley applaud new federal opioid laws that will help save lives, improve treatment for addiction

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – New laws signed today by President Donald Trump will be instrumental in helping combat the opioid epidemic and save more lives, Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said in applauding the move.

“The opioid epidemic is hurting every community in this nation, which is why an all-hands-on-deck approach is necessary to help us truly combat this crisis,” Snyder said. “We have made some progress on this issue in Michigan, but we needed more help. We appreciate the President’s partnership and congressional efforts on this national epidemic and look forward to working together to provide more life-saving resources to Michiganders.”

Snyder had declared October 21-27, 2018, as Opioid Addiction Awareness Week in Michigan as part of the state’s effort to raise awareness of the dangers of the opioid epidemic and amplify the efforts to combat it.

“It’s fitting that this legislation, which will help us take our prevention and treatment efforts to the next level, was signed during Opioid Addiction Awareness Week in Michigan,” Calley said. “The expansion of resources, especially Medically Assisted Treatment, will be a game-changer in our efforts to have more second chances and fewer funerals.”

The bipartisan legislation signed this morning in Washington, D.C. focuses on improving treatment and prevention efforts including expanding access to Medically Assisted Treatment. The new laws also will:

  • Establish comprehensive opioid recovery centers
  • Encourage development of non-addictive pain-killers
  • Expand access to treatment and recovery options for all patients, including those on Medicaid and Medicare.
  • Create enforcement measures to get dangerous drugs off the streets.

On Tuesday, a new state website was launched in Michigan to serve as a one-stop shop for information related to treatment, prevention, and questions about the epidemic.

For more information on the addiction epidemic in Michigan or to find help, visit Michigan.gov/opioids or call the national hotline 1-800-622-HELP. 

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