President Obama Signs Opioid Bill Despite Funding Concerns

July 29, 2016

President Obama has signed an opioid measure into law that addresses abuse and addiction, despite reservations regarding funding levels.

The president signed S. 524 into law Friday, demonstrating what White House officials described as “reluctant” support for the measure, which expands access to medication-assisted treatment, prescription drug take-back programs and overdoes reversal drugs.

At issue is the $181 million in grants to states authorized in the measure, which Obama and Senate Democrats have said should be significantly higher.

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