WASHINGTON, DC – The landmark 21st Century Cures Act (Cures), which became law in December 2016, strives to change the way we treat disease. It gives hope to families across the country, no matter what disease they may be facing.
Included in Cures was $1 billion in grants to be provided to the states, to help combat the opioid crisis. Distributed over two years, the grants were designed to be used toward the prevention of opioid abuse and treatment to those affected.
The New York Times recently profiled a California Emergency Room that is putting those funds to use by increasing access to buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone, medications to help those suffering from addiction. Seeing success, the state of California is expanding the effort to help patients across the state.
“Under that system, an emergency room would serve as a portal, starting people on buprenorphine and referring them to a large-scale addiction treatment clinic (the hub), to get adjusted to the medication, and to a primary care practice (the spoke) for ongoing care. Dr. Herring is serving as the principal investigator for the project, known as E.D. Bridge,” reports The New York Times. “The $78 million is most of California’s share of an initial $1 billion in federal grants that Congress approved for states to spend on addiction treatment and prevention under the 21st Century Cures Act, enacted in 2016.”