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Bill Johnson’s TEACH to Combat Addiction Act Passes House

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Washington, June 12, 2018 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951) | comments
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed his legislation, the Training, Education, and Community Help (TEACH) to Combat Addiction Act (H.R. 5261). Johnson introduced the legislation along with Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY). This bipartisan act provides for a competitive process to designate institutions that are leading the way in educating tomorrow’s health care professionals on substance use disorder (SUD), treatment, prevention and recovery as Centers of Excellence in Substance Use Disorder Education:
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Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed his legislation, the Training, Education, and Community Help (TEACH) to Combat Addiction Act (H.R. 5261). Johnson introduced the legislation along with Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY). This bipartisan act provides for a competitive process to designate institutions that are leading the way in educating tomorrow’s health care professionals on substance use disorder (SUD), treatment, prevention and recovery as Centers of Excellence in Substance Use Disorder Education.

“The opioid crisis claims the lives of an average of 115 Americans every day. It is imperative that our health professional education system and community partners are fully prepared to prevent, treat, and aid in recovery from substance abuse disorder.

“Emergency room visits related to overdoses are on the upswing in virtually every state in the country, making the sense of urgency to prepare the health care workforce on the front lines to more effectively address SUD crystal clear. The TEACH to Combat Addiction Act advances an all-hands-on-deck approach to the opioid crisis by leveraging the expertise of health care professional institutions with community partnerships to develop scalable models for integrating SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery more fully into professional education. In order to win this battle, we must, as a society, enlist the full breadth of expertise and insight from health care providers and front-line community partners.

“Thank you to my colleagues in the House for approving this critical, bipartisan legislation, and I call on the U.S. Senate to act on it as soon as possible.”

--The full text of H.R. 5261 can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5261/text

--Johnson speaks today on House floor in support H.R. 5261: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov5lPFRoQ_s

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