On August 17, members of the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose sent a letter urging Senate leadership to include the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act of 2018 (S. 2524/H.R. 5102) in any legislative package addressing the opioid misuse and overdose epidemic passed by the Senate.
To turn the tide of the opioid epidemic in the U.S., we need to build a more robust treatment workforce. There are simply too few clinicians with the requisite knowledge to meet the needs of the estimated 20.1 million Americans suffering from untreated substance use disorders. To make a meaningful and sustainable impact on the current opioid overdose epidemic, it is imperative that our country make strategic investments to incentivize clinicians to work in programs and practices that specialize in the treatment of substance use disorder and addiction.
The Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Act would create a more robust treatment workforce by helping participants who pursue full-time substance use disorder treatment jobs in high-need geographic areas repay their student loans. This legislation is included in Sections 7071,7072 of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6) as passed by the House on June 26, 2018.
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