The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released data that show over the last year, more than 93,000 people in the United States died from a drug overdose, a nearly 30% increase from 2019 with every state seeing significant increases. Overdoses are devastating our communities and millions of Americans are at imminent risk because they lack access to life-saving treatment.
Congress is currently considering the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act (H.R. 1384 / S. 445) – bipartisan legislation that will help prevent overdoses and reduce stigma. The MAT Act will help expand access to the life-saving medication, buprenorphine, which is considered a gold standard of care for opioid use disorder. The MAT Act would eliminate a burdensome hurdle–colloquially known as the “x-waiver”– which blocks millions of trained health professionals from prescribing buprenorphine to their patients.
Please join advocates from across the country for a National Day of Action to show our support for the MAT Act. Let us work together to make sure this urgently needed bill becomes law so communities can access this life-saving medication.
President and CEO
National Council for Mental Wellbeing
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