Alexander, Corker Applaud Senate Passage Of Opioid Crisis Response Act

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander Tuesday said, “the Senate has now approved $8.5 billion this year towards fighting the opioid crisis,” after the Senate passed the 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations bill which provides $3.8 billion to fight the crisis.


The FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill Congress passed in March of this year included $4.

7 billion to fight the opioid crisis. According to Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), federal funding to help combat the opioid crisis has increased by nearly 1,300 percent over the past four years.

 

“The challenge of solving the opioid crisis has often been described as needing a moonshot,” Senator Alexander continued. “Solving the opioid crisis might require the energy and resources of a moonshot, which Congress has taken important steps to deliver, but ultimately it is not something that can be solved by a single agency in Washington, D.C.

“What the federal government can do is create an environment so that everyone—governors, judges, counselors, law enforcement, doctors, nurses and families—can succeed in fighting the crisis. That’s why it’s so important that the Senate also passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 this week—which Majority Leader McConnell calls ‘landmark’ legislation—that includes proposals from five Senate committees and over 70 senators, to help create an environment in which states and communities can use this funding to better address the opioid crisis.”


The FY2019 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill also includes the fourth straight year of record funding in a regular appropriations bill for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health.

Senator Alexander said, “For the fourth straight year, the Senate has provided record funding for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health—$2 billion additional dollars in the first year, $2 billion the second year, $3 billion the third year, and $2 billion this year, which is a 30 percent increase over the last four years. As a result of investing in our biomedical research, we will have access to more life-changing treatments and cures, and see more medical miracles. I continue to urge President Trump to make science and research part of his ‘America First’ agenda. The president has already signed into law two consecutive bills that provide record funding for science, technology, energy and biomedical research, and this legislation will build on that.”


The Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education Appropriations bill includes:

$3.8 billion for programs to combat opioid abuse, including $1.5 billion for the State Opioid Response grant
$39.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health, including $711 million authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act
$15.9 billion for Title I Grants to local education agencies
$1.2 billion for Title IV-A Student Supports and Academic Enrichment Grants
$440 million for Charter Schools
$30 million rural workforce training initiative for the Appalachian and Delta regions
$160 million for apprenticeship grants
The bill is consistent with the spending limits set by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 approved by Congress, and signed by President Trump in February.
 
And here are 10 key provisions in the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018:

1.       The STOP ACT—to stop illegal drugs, including fentanyl, at the border
2.       New non-addictive painkillers, research and fast-track
3.       Blister packs for opioids, such as a 3 or 7-day supply
4.       More medication–assisted treatment
5.       Prevent “doctor-shopping” by improving state prescription drug monitoring programs 
6.       More behavioral and mental health providers
7.       Support for comprehensive opioid recovery centers
8.       Help for babies born in opioid withdrawal
9.       Help for mothers with opioid use disorders
10.   More early intervention with vulnerable children who have experienced trauma 

 

Senator Bob Corker said, “The prescription opioid and heroin epidemic is destroying lives and tearing apart families. By taking a multifaceted approach that includes reducing the number of unnecessary opioid prescriptions, improving detection and seizure of illegal drugs, accelerating research and innovation of non-addictive pain medicines, and sharing valuable data between states, we can responsibly help combat this increasingly devastating problem. I thank Senator Alexander for his leadership on this legislation and applaud the Senate for coming together in a bipartisan manner to help countless Americans who have been impacted by this crisis.”

Click here to learn more about the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018.

 


Massage Heights Announces Formation Of Therapist Ambassador Panel

Massage Heights announced Wednesday the formation of its Therapist Ambassador Panel, a group of massage and skin therapists nominated from Massage Heights locations nationwide, including Amber Shara from Chattanooga. Created to promote open dialogue and collaboration amongst therapists, the Therapist Ambassador Panel aims both to elevate the lives of Massage Heights’ therapists ... (click for more)

Breathe. Easy. Mobile Lung CT Coach To Visit Hamilton County

CHI Memorial’s mobile lung CT coach will provide computerized tomography screenings in Hamilton County at Hamilton Family YMCA on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and at CHI Memorial Community Health on Friday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m.-noon.   "Lung cancer screening is a test to look for signs of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people. The low-dose CT scan shows a 3-D ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy High ROTC Instructor Denies He Had Gun In Road Rage Incident, But Judge Sends Case To Grand Jury

A Soddy Daisy ROTC instructor has denied having a gun in a road rage incident with a 17-year-old girl at Northgate Mall, but General Sessions Court Judge Gary Starnes bound the case to the Grand Jury. The judge said,"It's a very close issue. It's he said, she said. I don't think it's going to get out of the Grand Jury, but I am going to find there is probable cause." The girl ... (click for more)

Federal Judge In Nashville Tells State To Halt Suspension Of Drivers Licenses Of Those Who Cannot Pay

 A Nashville federal judge has directed that the state halt suspension of the drivers licenses of people who cannot afford to pay fines and court costs. The ruling was from District Judge Aleta Trauger. Officials of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security said, "The department has received the order.  It will stop suspensions of licenses, as the Court requires, ... (click for more)

Drink Up, Chattanooga

I attended the meeting to discuss the placement of the sewage treatment plant at the Cambridge Center in Ooltewah today. My problem with the meeting (aka) dog and pony show, is that the meeting started out with the agenda of the Ooltewah Community Council.  After living in this area for 45+ years I have never heard of this group.  I would like for someone to answer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Dear Faux Pelini

It has been my experience that of all the tribes and herds of different people on earth, sports writers are among the funniest people of all. Oh, there isn’t anything real sexy about Villanova beating Georgetown or a baseball player hitting for the cycle. Now, if a player hits a single, double, triple and homer in that order, that’s “a natural cycle,” and that is kind of fun to ... (click for more)