Washington, D.C. – Today, Speaker Paul D. Ryan signed S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act at a bipartisan, bicameral ceremony. This comes after the recent approval of a conference committee report, which passed the House of Representatives last week. This legislation now heads to President Obama to be signed into law. 

The final legislative package signed today is a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic that is devastating millions of American lives. It includes provisions from eighteen bills passed by the House of Representatives in May, and addresses all facets of the epidemic. It permits the government to make grants for purposes of prevention, treatment, recovery, and overdose reversal through the use of FDA-approved and appropriately labeled drugs and devices, and law enforcement and investigative purposes.

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) has been a vocal leader throughout this process, and authored the flagship bill, H.R. 5046, which passed the House in May by a resounding 413-5 vote. H.R. 5046 creates a comprehensive Justice Department grant program to help states fight opioid addiction and authorizes $103 million annually over five years for the grant program. It directs taxpayer dollars responsibly by leveraging and streamlining existing programs and fully offsetting the legislation in compliance with the House’s cut-go protocol.  

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “I’m extremely proud to have been part of this bipartisan, bicameral legislation that will help millions of Americans overcome their struggles with addiction. The work accomplished here proves that compromise is possible and that Congress can come together to provide solutions to America’s most urgent problems. It’s my hope that the initiatives outlined in this bill will give addicted individuals the support they need to change their lives and once again become healthy, happy, and successful members of their families and communities.”