DEA to Present at CEPOP January All-Participants Meeting at 3PM Eastern

CEPOP will be hosting its January All-Participants Teleconference today at 3:00pm EST. Today’s meeting will include a presentation from Sean Fearns, Chief of Community Outreach and Prevention Support at the Drug Enforcement Administration, on the agency’s overdose prevention efforts.

CEPOP All-Participants Teleconference (January 2022)

  • To join WebEx, please CLICK HERE
  • Or, to join via conference call:
    • Conference Line: (855) 244-8681
    • Participant Code: 299 655 082

CMS Releases SUD Prevention and Treatment Data for Medicaid Beneficiaries

On January 21, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the second publication of the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) based Medicaid Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Data Book, which contains 2018 data on SUD treatment services, the delivery system, and the progression of care for Medicaid beneficiaries. The data book was developed to help policymakers and researchers understand the drug prevention and treatment landscape and where to focus future efforts. Key findings in the data book show that of the 4.6 million Medicaid beneficiaries were treated for SUD in 2018, 30% had an opioid use disorder and 26% received services in an outpatient home- or community-based setting. CMS is required to publish the data book annually under the 2018 Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act.

Articles & Resources

CMS – CMS released new Medicaid data to target substance use disorder prevention and treatment efforts


Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Curb Fentanyl Trafficking

Last week, Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (PA), Tim Burchett (TN), Tom Tiffany (WI), and Michael Guest (MS) introduced the Fentanyl Trafficker Elimination Act (H.R. 6439). The bill would amend the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act to authorize life imprisonment for violations involving mixtures or substances with a detectable amount of fentanyl or fentanyl analogues. In a statement, Representative Fitzpatrick said, “As part of our broader approach to tackling the addiction and overdose epidemic, we must address the dramatic rise in fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pill seizures at our ports of entry.”

Articles & Resources

H.R. 6439 – Fentanyl Trafficker Elimination Act

Representative Brian Fitzpatrick – Fitzpatrick, Burchett, Tiffany, Guest Introduce Legislation to Crack Down on Fentanyl Smugglers


What We Read Last Week

Several articles were published last week pertaining to the opioid epidemic, covering a variety of different components of the issue. Links to relevant articles are provided below.

AAEM – AAEM Signs on to Joint Letter Encouraging the Passage of the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act

FDA – Accidental Exposures to Fentanyl Patches Continue to Be Deadly to Children

Forbes – FDA Approves Trial To Treat Opioid Addiction With CBD

Healthcare Dive – Insurers falling seriously short in mental health, substance use disorder benefits, federal departments say

Inside Higher Ed – W.V. Campuses Will Install Naloxone Kits to Prevent Overdoses

KSBY – Cal Poly students create application to create awareness of Naloxone

KUNC – Fentanyl tests strips could prevent overdoses, but they’re often not allowed to

Legal Reader – How Fentanyl Has Taken Over the Illegal Drug Industry

NPR – The opioid business plan

Penn Today­­ – The origins of the opioid epidemic

Rand – Effectiveness and Implementability of State-Level Naloxone Access Policies

Rand – The Effect of State Policies on Rates of High-Risk Prescribing of an Initial Opioid Analgesic

Senator Deb Fischer – Combating Opioid Addiction

Senators Shelley Moore Capito – Capito, Manchin Announce Department of Justice Funding for West Virginia

USA Today – Families press Snap to do more to curtail fentanyl sales to teens, saying recent changes don’t do enough


This Week’s Calendar

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Meeting: Hearings to examine mental health and substance use disorders, focusing on responding to the growing crisis.
Tuesday, February 1st; 10:00 a.m.; Hearing Notice


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