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President signs opioids bill, making it law

Washington — President Donald J. Trump on Oct. 24 signed into law legislation aimed at ending the nation’s opioid crisis.

HR 6 — formally titled the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act — previously passed the Senate on Oct. 3 and House on Sept. 28.

Key provisions of the bill include authorizing additional funding for medical professional continuing education and improving the quality and interoperability of state prescription drug monitoring programs. It also intensifies federal research into new pain management therapies and promotes more convenient ways for consumers to dispose of their unused medications.