Treat Act would loosen contraints on doctors treating addicts

Tainted heroin has been costing local lives to be lost.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBN) – Reducing the number of Ohio’s drug overdose deaths is the goal of Senator Sherrod Brown’s new piece of legislation.

The Treat Act would allow more health-care providers to treat a larger number of patients struggling with addiction to drugs like oxycodone and heroin.

“About 2,000 Ohioans a year are dying from overdoses. We want doctors to be able to treat these addictions so that the number of people who overdose will obviously be cut back,” Brown said.

Federal law now restricts physicians and providers in treating abuse cases. A special waiver is required for doctors who want to prescribe certain medications used to treat addicts. And even with a waiver, physicians can treat only 30 patients in the first year and 100 in subsequent years.

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