Message from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Last night, by a vote of 99-1, the Senate passed their opioid legislative package. This critical vote now allows the House and Senate to negotiate, or conference, their two packages. Your Member of Congress has a critical voice in this discussion. AACN needs you to speak up today to ensure APRNs have the authorization to prescribe these life-saving treatments.
H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, includes a provision, Section 3003, which would permanently authorize nurse practitioners to prescribe Medication-Assisted Treatments (MATs), specifically buprenorphine, to patients struggling with opioid misuse and addiction. This section would also provide a five-year authorization for clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse-midwives to prescribe MATs. This provision was not included in the Senate version.
We must continue to push to ensure Section 3003 is included in the final opioid package.
CLICK NOW and ask your Members of Congress to support Section 3003 of H.R. 6 in any final opioid package to allow APRNs to prescribe MATs!
For additional background on this bill, view AACN's National Opioid Epidemic factsheet.
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