Tipton Provision to Help Combat the Opioid Epidemic Signed into Law
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) made the following statement after President Trump signed into law H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. The SUPPORT Act is a bipartisan legislative package to help combat opioid abuse and includes H.R. 5197, the Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) in the Emergency Department Act, a bill Tipton helped introduce.
“For an overwhelming number of Americans, addiction to opioids begins with a prescription. The ALTO Act would address this specific issue by giving hospitals resources to promote non-opioid pain treatments in emergency rooms, helping to ensure people who do not need opioids are never exposed to them in the first place,” said Tipton. “The signing of this bipartisan package of bills into law will implement a variety of innovative solutions to help stem this epidemic and save countless lives.”
The ALTO Act would establish a demonstration program to test alternative pain management protocols to limit the use of opioids in hospital emergency departments. It would also provide grant funding to implement these programs.
The Colorado Hospital Association has endorsed the ALTO Act. In 2017, the Association launched an ALTO pilot program in the state. Ten hospital emergency departments across Colorado took part and were able to decrease the use of narcotics by 31-46 percent across the program.
Colorado has the 12th highest rate of abuse of prescription opioids in the United States.
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