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Opioid Action Act


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Senator BARILLA, for himself, submits

A BILL

To take action against the opioid abuse epidemic

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

(a) This act may be cited as the “Opioid Action Act”. 

SEC. 2. BUILDING TREATMENT CENTERS. 

(a) The sum of $250 million per year for each of the next five years is hereby appropriated to the Department of Health and Human Services, for the purpose of issuing grants to city, township, county, or tribal governments in rural areas, to allow such governments to build opioid treatment centers in rural areas. In distributing funding, the Department of Health and Human Services shall favor governments in areas that do not currently have adequate treatment centers for opioid abuse. 

SEC. 3. EXPANDING EXISTING GRANT AND RESEARCH PROGRAMS. 

(a) CARA GRANTS - The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) is hereby reauthorized, and the sum of $400 million per year for each of the next five years is hereby appropriated to fund it. 

(a) STATE TARGETED GRANTS - The Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) program within the Department of Health and Human Services is hereby reauthorized, and the sum of $2.83 billion per year for the next five years is hereby appropriated to fund it. 

(b) RESEARCH FUNDING TO FIGHT ABUSE - An additional $500 million per year for each of the next five years is hereby appropriated to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the purpose of funding research into improving the prevention and treatment of opioid misuse and addiction. Funds may be used to fund research into areas such as:

(1) predictive analysis of abuse or overdoses;

(2) improving, optimizing, or providing strategies to prevent opioid abuse or recurrence of opioid abuse;

(3) improving, optimizing, or providing strategies for prevention and treatment of opioid misuse or addiction;

(4) helping people with an opioid use disorder maintain a meaningful and sustained recovery 

(c) RESEARCH FUNDING TO FIND ALTERNATIVES - $500 million per year for each of the next five years is hereby appropriated to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the purpose of funding research into the development or testing of non-habit forming painkillers, which may be suitable for replacing commonly abused opioids. 

SEC. 4. STRENGTHENING PENALTIES. 

(a) The maximum federal penalty for unlawful distribution, possession with intent to distribute, manufacture, importation, and exportation of any Schedule III substance shall be increased to a maximum fine of $5 million and a maximum prison sentence of up to 30 years; 

(b) The maximum federal penalty for unlawful distribution, possession with intent to distribute, manufacture, importation, and exportation of any Schedule II substance shall be increased to a maximum fine of $10 million and a maximum prison sentence of up to 40 years. 

SEC. 5. INVESTIGATING INDUSTRY. 

(a) The Department of Justice shall appoint a Special Counsel to launch an investigation of opioid manufacturers and sellers active in the United States, to determine if criminal activity occurred during the marketing or distribution of opioids to communities in the United States. 

(b) the Special Counsel shall be empowered to issue subpoenas and file charges against any actor involved in the manufacture, marketing, or distribution of opioids, or supporting or tied to any actor involved in the manufacture, marketing, or distribution of opioids. 

SEC. 6. ENACTMENT. 

(a) This bill shall take effect immediately upon Constitutional passage. 

Senator John Kadar (R-WV)

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