Addiction Policy News

ASAM Applauds Introduction of the Methamphetamine Response Act

October 14, 2020

 

On October 14, ASAM sent a letter to Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) thanking them for their introduction of S. 4612, the Methamphetamine Response Act. This legislation and H.R. 8210, its bipartisan companion in the House, would declare methamphetamine an emerging drug threat. In addition, it would require the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to develop, implement, and make public a national emerging threats response plan that is specific to methamphetamine.

 

The letter stressed that methamphetamine use disorder is a growing threat in states across the country. Furthermore, this complex disorder is difficult to treat, as one of the most effective forms of treatment, contingency management, is restricted by the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General’s current interpretation of federal law.

 

Read the letter here.

 

Read S. 4612 here.

 

Read H.R. 8210 here