Federal Legislation May Help With Michigan's Opioid Crisis

October 29, 2018

Originally published by WEMU 89.1

Legislation awaiting President Trump’s signature would provide more support for people struggling with opioid addiction. 

Listen Listening...0:40 Laura Michels reports on federal legislation that may help with Michigan's opioid crisis.

The bill enhances access for medication assisted treatment, provides grant money to increase capacity at treatment centers, and increases screening and drug management programs. 

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley served on the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force.  He says the federal government‘s support of opioid addiction treatment indicates the changing stigma of drug abuse.

“Addiction changes the biology of the brain, and it’s a health care issue that requires a health care response." 

Calley says one positive step in tackling the opioid crisis is a reduction in the amount of opioids doctors are prescribing.

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