This week, President Donald Trump signed a new bill to increase support and research to address overprescription of opioids.
Called the SUPPORT for Patient and Communities Act, Trump aims to improve access to treatment for patients being removed from opioids. It allows government research on nonaddictive drugs for pain management while also providing measures to check foreign shipments of illegal drugs into the country.
In addition to the plan, the White House secured private and nonprofit sector partners to sign the bill, each providing their own unique plan to work toward ending opioid addiction.
Becker’s put together the following list of the specific companies and their contribution plans, in italics:
- Amazon will give first responders more efficient access to critical medical records and programmed Alexa to answer questions about opioids and addiction.
- In 2019, Belden Industries will expand its employment rehab program to additional U.S. facilities and provide a blueprint for companies to established recovery support for their employees.
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Association will launch Blue Distinction Centers for Substance Use Treatment and Recovery. BCBS will also establish a free national hotline to help anyone locate treatment centers.
- Cigna is partnering with the Veterans Health Administration to improve access to opioid addiction treatment and help veterans’ pain management efforts. Within three years, Cigna and the Department of Veterans Affairs will work toward reducing opioid overdoses by 25 percent in different communities.
- CVS Health will install 1,100 additional medication disposal units and, by the end of 2019, reach 250,000 students and parents with its opioid abuse prevention program.
- Dispose RX committed to stopping opioid abuse by giving DisposeRx packets to remove more than 10 million opioids from the U.S. population.
- Emergent BioSolutions will offer free Narcan nasal spray at all 16,568 libraries and 2,700 YMCA locations in the U.S.
- Facebook is addressing the opioid epidemic through partnerships with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Helpline in Search, the Ad Council PSA and the Drug Enforcement Administrations’s Take Back Day Oct. 27.
- Global Teen Challenge will build a national treatment information system to inform their 250 U.S. treatment centers about groundbreaking addiction treatment.
- Google created a locator tool for National Take Back Day Oct. 27 that will promote locations on the Google.comhomepage. Google will also launch a partnership with Walgreens to incorporate drug disposal locations on Google Maps.
- Johnson & Johnson will educate U.S. nurses and physicians to combat substance abuse. The company also launched an opioid addiction awareness campaign, reaching more than 2.5 million expecting parents at BabyCenter.
- Leidos will donate $3 million to opioid causes, will educate its workforce of 32,000 employees and will launch an alliance with other companies to address the opioid epidemic.
- MyPillow will launch the Lindell Recovery Network to bring recovery and mentorship to people struggling with opioid use disorder.
- National Head Start Association will expand its Head Start community through training its 245,792 staff members in about 21,000 centers nationwide on the effect of substance abuse disorder on children and families.
- National Safety Council spread continued awareness through its Prescribed to Death traveling memorial and will educate 1,000 more physicians on their prescribing practices.=
- Red Cross will offer its online course called First Aid for Opioid Overdoses. This online course will help people respond to suspected opioid overdoses and cooperate opioid education in more than 3 million yearly first-aid-trainings.
- Rite Aid will offer free Dispose Rx packets with new opioid prescriptions. The Rite Aid Foundation installed 312 disposal units and launched an educational program, Prescription Drug Safety Initiative, geared toward students across the U.S.
- Ultimate Fighting Championship will launch a public service campaign to bring awareness to the opioid epidemic by using UFC athletes, social media platforms and popular live events on the dangers of opioid abuse.
- Unshattered will partner with recovery centers across the U.S. Unshattered will also provide employment and job training to double the number of women they serve by the end of 2020.
- Walgreens will expand its permanent medication disposal program to all of its U.S. stores. Walgreens will partner with Google to provide information about its disposal sites on Google’s platform.
- Walmart will limit initial, acute opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply, will use analytic software to block illicit prescriptions and require electronic prescriptions for all scheduled drugs by January 2020.