Rep. Turner reintroduces legislation to treat opioid addiction

WASHINGTON (WDTN) – Thursday, Congressman Mike Turner reintroduced The Reforming and Expanding Access to Treatment (TREAT) Act, which aims to expand access to treatment and increase flexibility in how existing federal funding can be used to combat the opioid epidemic.

“This issue was first brought to my attention at the Greene County Jail, where I was informed that Medicaid-eligible individuals lose access to opiate abuse and addiction treatment options upon incarceration,” Turner said. “Since then, I have aggressively pushed for legislation to fix this. Maintaining an uninterrupted course of substance abuse treatment during incarceration is imperative to ensure successful rehabilitation, prevent deadly overdose upon reentering society, and avoid recidivism. I look forward to continuing my work with local leaders and organizations to end this deadly epidemic, and I urge swift passage of this bipartisan legislation.”