Opioid Crisis

"No part of our society — not young or old, rich or poor, urban or rural — has been spared this plague of drug addiction"

A Call to Action - The Common Sense Approach

Expand Opioid Treatment Options

Drug overdoses involving prescription opioids and heroin have nearly quadrupled since 1999 and are now the leading cause of accidental death. In order to truly address the opioid crisis, we need to work to prevent addiction before it takes hold, and expand treatment options for individuals who struggle with opioid dependency. The heroin and opioid epidemic has claimed too many loved ones, shattered too many lives, and broken too many families. It is a public health crisis that requires immediate attention from lawmakers and the medical community.

We see the consequences of this crisis in Congressional District 3, and across Nevada.

Steve advocates investing tax dollars in treatment programs, medical research, and science funding to help individuals who suffer from opioid dependency. Each of these components requires funding from the federal government, which this administration has so far failed to produce.

Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 2017

This bill manadates the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to states to identify and investigate questionable or inappropriate prescribing and dispensing patterns of drugs classified as schedule II or III under the Controlled Substances Act, which are drugs with an accepted medical use that have the potential to be abused and addictive. Practitioners registered to dispense controlled substances must screen patients for potential drug abuse before prescribing a schedule II or III drug.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)

Steve supports the annual Congressional appropriation to fund over over $181 million each year in new fun earmarked for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). CARA establishes a comprehensive, coordinated, balanced strategy through enhanced grant programs that expands prevention and education efforts while also promoting treatment and recovery. It encompasses all six pillars necessary for such a coordinated response e.g., prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, criminal justice reform, and overdose reversal.

Medicaid Coverage for Addiction Recovery Expansion Act

The legislation would enable treatment facilities with up to 40 beds to be reimbursed by Medicaid for 60 consecutive days of inpatient services. The legislation also establishes a $50 million grant for substance abuse services that treat Medicaid beneficiaries under 21 years old.

Road to Recovery Act

This proposed law eliminates the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion for substance use disorder (SUD) and help states expand access to inpatient treatment for Medicaid enrollees. The bill will help Nevada expand access to inpatient addiction services for Medicaid enrollees living in District 3. eed.

Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies (CRIB) Act

Known as the CRIB Act, this proposed legislation would allow Nevada's Medicaid program to cover inpatient or outpatient services at a residential pediatric recovery center for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome e.g, withdrawal from drugs they were exposed to while in their mother's womb, and their families.