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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the 21st Century Cures Bill (392- 26) with $1 Billion dollars for opioid addiction prevention, treatment and recovery.
Now onto the Senate in the upcoming weeks.
This a massive healthcare bill that covers a wide variety of healthcare issues, from funding to fight cancer and Alzheimer’s to mental health reform. Included in the bill is an incredible $1 billion to be appropriated over the next two years to combat the opioid crisis.
This is a tremendous moment for our movement and we need your help to make sure the bill passes the United States Senate and is signed into law. Call your two Senators today and ask them to vote for the Cures Bill.
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UK group supports students in recovery. Next up, a sober dorm
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World leaders call for legalisation of drugs
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Gov. Bevin signs emergency regulation to help fight drug epidemic
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Why some teens are vulnerable to addiction while others aren’t
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Former heroin addict shares story of injectable treatment recovery
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Marijuana-Like Drugs May Offer Addiction-Free Pain Relief
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