Your support is saving so many lives.
Shatterproof is working hard to transform addiction treatment in America. Together with our passionate community of supporters, we’re committed to creating structural change that will turn the tide of the addiction crisis, helping every American with a substance use disorder find science-based treatment and lasting recovery.
We’re bringing addiction experts, elected officials, insurance providers, health professionals, and everyday Americans to the table to make it all happen. And we're proud to say a lot of progress has been made in just a few years.
Policy change in 16 states and counting. New federal legislation increasing funding and resources. Programs that educate and empower families, workplaces, and the general public. A new evidence-based standard of care for addiction, which 16 health insurers have pledged to uphold. Exciting initiatives to drive payment reform, addiction treatment improvement and accountability, and so much more.
Read on for our biggest accomplishments to date.
- July 2019: Missouri Senate Bill 514 Signed into Law by Governor Parson
This bill includes provisions that prohibit prior authorization and annual and lifetime limits for all FDA-approved medications for substance use disorder in commercial insurance plans. It requires the state Medicaid plan to include all the FDA-approved medications on the preferred drug list, and it requires that all treatment programs disclose which medications they offer.
- July 2019: Connecticut House Bill 7125 Signed into Law by Governor Lamont
This bill establishes state compliance with federal parity laws, and eliminates some access limitations for both naloxone and addiction medications.
- June 2019: Texas HB 3285 Signed into Law by Governor Abbott
This bill includes a provision eliminating prior authorization on some addiction medications in the state Medicaid program. It also includes a continuing education requirement for doctors who prescribe opioids, a training requirement for college residential advisors, a statewide public awareness campaign, and a naloxone access grant program.
- June 2019: Colorado HB 19-1269 Signed into Law by Governor Polis
This bill removes prior authorization for addiction medications and establishes mental health parity compliance procedures
- December 18, 2018: Shatterproof Awarded $5 Million in Funding to Develop Rating System for Treatment Providers
This first-of-its-kind system will standardize expectations around the quality of addiction treatment across all levels of care, settings, and types of treatment. This will help repair the current fragmentation of the current, broken system, integrating addiction treatment into mainstream healthcare and saving lives. Read the press release here, and learn more about the project here.
- October 24, 2018: HR 6, the Support for Patients and Communities Act, Signed into Law
Shatterproof was a key advocate for several pieces of this legislative package, in particular advancing Senator Rob Portman’s Improving Coverage for Substance Use Disorder Recovery Expansion Act. The final package also included several more provisions which Shatterproof supported, including RESULTS Act, the Preventing Overdoses in Communities Act, and more. These bills will help increase the use of medication-assisted treatment, encourage the use of evidence-based best practices among treatment providers, and more. Read more about the final package and Shatterproof’s role in the legislation here.
- September 26, 2018: California SB 823 into Law by Governor Brown
This bill requires all licensed addiction treatment facilities in the state to adopt and maintain evidence-based treatment criteria in order to receive and maintain their licensing.
- June 19, 2018: Shatterproof Launches Opioid Use Disorder Payer Research Pilot
This research will advance Shatterproof’s Payer-Based Strategies Initiative by identifying areas where insurance policies and payments can and should be modified to improve access and quality of addiction treatment. Read the press release on the research pilot here.
November 8, 2017: 16 Payers Agree to Uphold Shatterproof Task Force’s Eight National Principles of Care
16 payers, representing over 248 million lives, announced a groundbreaking commitment to adopt eight “National Principles of Care” for the treatment of addiction that will improve outcomes and save lives. These Principles were developed by Shatterproof’s Substance Use Disorder Treatment Task Force, based upon the Surgeon General’s recent report and backed by decades of research. Read the press release here.
July 2017: Shatterproof Family Support Groups Created
These support groups will take an evidence-based approach to education and support for families affected by substance use disorders.
July 17, 2017: Missouri PDMP Created by Executive Order
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed an executive order creating a state PDMP, making Missouri the 50th state to have this technology. This executive order i) creates a state-wide PDMP, ii) empowers the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to analyze prescriber and pharmacy prescription and dispensing data for Schedule II-IV controlled substances, which includes opioids, and iii) requires pharmacies to report information related to dispensed controlled substance to the DHSS. Starting in the early fall of 2016, Shatterproof retained its government affairs firm to bring public attention to this public health intervention, and over the next nine months worked closely with Representative Holly Rehder as well as engaged Missouri- and Kansas-based supporters to advocate for this life saving clinical tool.
June 9, 2017: Texas HB2561 Signed into Law
This legislation i) provides for automatic registration of prescribers in their state PDMP, ii) requires prescribers to check their state PDMP prior to prescribing all opioids and benzodiazepines, iii) requires dispensers to report information regarding all dispensed controlled substances within one business day of filling a prescription and iv) provides for periodic monitoring of prescribing patterns. Shatterproof drafted this legislation, recruited bill sponsors in both the House and the Senate, retained lobbyist and public relations firms, and engaged our Texas-based supporters to further advocate for its passage.
May 4, 2017: Georgia HB 249 Signed into Law
This legislation i) requires prescribers to become registered with their state PDMP no later than January 1, 2018, ii) requires prescribers to check the PDMP, every time, before deciding to prescribe either an opioid or benzodiazepine, iii) requires prescriber who issue a prescription for an opioid to provide the patient receiving the prescription information on the addictive risks of using opioids and information on options available for safely disposing of any unused opioids where such options exist, iv) requires pharmacies to submit prescription information to their state PDMP within 24 hours of filling a prescription and v) provides significantly greater access to naloxone. Shatterproof drafted this legislation, recruited bill sponsors in both the House and the Senate, retained lobbyist and public relations firms, and engaged our Georgia-based supporters to further advocate for its passage.
April 2017: The Shatterproof Substance Use Disorder Treatment Task Force is Established
Established by Gary Mendell, founder and CEO of Shatterproof, and Dr. Thomas McLellan, founder and CEO of the Treatment Research Institute, to significantly improve addiction treatment in America. Our Task Force unites private and public payers, advocates and former government officials around a shared goal: to ensure that every American with a substance use disorder has access to treatment based upon proven research, just like those receiving treatment for any other disease.
April 2017: Launch of Shatterproof Workplace Initiative
This program develops strategies to reduce the costs, stigma, and negative impact of addiction while building recovery-friendly work environments.
April 12, 2017: Arkansas SB339 Signed into Law
This legislation i) requires prescribers to check the PDMP, every time, before deciding to prescribe Schedule II and III controlled substances (which includes opioids), and ii) requires prescribers to check the PDMP before deciding the first time a benzodiazepine is prescribed. Shatterproof helped in the drafting of this legislation, and provided support for its passage throughout the process.
December 13, 2016: 21st Century Cures Act Signed into Law
Shatterproof engaged hundreds of advocates to call, email, and tweet at their legislators in support of the Cures Act. President Obama signed this bipartisan bill into law after it passed the Senate by a 95-5 vote. The bill increased funding for medical research and provided $1 billion in funding for opioid addiction prevention and treatment programs.
November 15, 2016: Launch of New Shatterproof Website, shatterproof.org
With support from Cigna Foundation and CVS Health, Shatterproof launched an all-new website to serve as the premiere online resource for families affected by substance use disorders. It’s an expansive resource filled with evidence-based information about addiction’s science, prevention, treatment, and recovery.
September 27, 2016: California SB482 Signed into Law
Shatterproof advocated for legislation that requires all prescribers to check the state-run prescription database (known as CURES 2.0) before prescribing opioid painkillers, sedatives or any other schedule II, III or IV drugs. Legislators approved the bill unanimously, and Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law.
July 22, 2016: Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Signed into Law
Shatterproof attended CARA Family Day on Capitol Hill, bringing Ambassadors to testify in support of the legislation and share their stories. We also activated hundreds of advocates to call, email, and tweet at legislators throughout the bill’s development and passage process. President Obama signed CARA into law in July, after the bill passed the Senate by a 92-2 vote. The bill authorized $181 million in spending for treatment, prevention, and recovery programs, and it allows nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe buprenorphine to help treat opioid addiction.
April 26, 2016: Maryland HB 437 Signed into Law
Shatterproof advocated and testified in support of the bill, which requires doctors to consult Maryland’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program before prescribing an opioid painkiller (such as Vicodin or OxyContin) or a benzodiazepine (sedatives such as Xanax or Valium).
“The law could save hundreds of Maryland families from the agony of losing a family member to this disease. This devastation is directly linked to the overprescribing of painkillers, and we’re thrilled that this law will mean fewer pills on the streets and in our homes.”
- March 28, 2016: Shatterproof issues Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: Critical Elements of Effective State Legislation
Focusing on state legislation of this evidence-based clinical tool, Shatterproof’s report is the most comprehensive ever written, and has been widely adopted throughout state capitals.
“The report from Shatterproof highlights the gaps in current prescribing systems… [and] points to positive results in seven states that have mandated database usage.”
“Federal Officials, Advocates Push Pill-tracking Databases,” Associated Press, March 28, 2016
- March 17, 2016: Wisconsin AB364 Signed into Law
Shatterproof advocated for passage of legislation introduced by Rep. John Nygren that closed the two largest holes in the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. This bill requires mandatory 24 hour reporting by dispensers and prescribers to query the program before prescribing all Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances.
- March 17, 2016: Wisconsin AB766 Signed into Law
Shatterproof led efforts to draft and pass legislation that requires a quarterly analysis of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, comparing its actual results to the projected results.
- March 15, 2016: CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain Published
Shatterproof was one of the lead advocates for this historic guideline to improve the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice. This set of 12 recommendations ensures patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse or overdose from these drugs.
The recommendations focus on the use of opioids in treating chronic pain (defined as pain lasting longer than three months or past the time of normal tissue healing) outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. The importance of this prescribing guideline in saving tens of thousands of lives cannot be overstated.
“Thank you for your leadership in the battle to end addiction. We appreciate Shatterproof’s continued support of CDC’s efforts to prevent prescription drug misuse, abuse, and overdose and applaud your organization’s work.”
Dr. Tom Frieden
Director of the CDC, in a letter to Gary Mendell
- March 14, 2016: Massachusetts Bill H4056 Signed Into Law
Shatterproof worked with the Baker administration as well as members of the House and Senate on the Act Relative to Substance Use Treatment, Prevention and Education. This legislation requires practitioners to utilize Massachusetts’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program before prescribing Schedule II and III controlled substances, every time.
The bill also expands mandatory prescriber education on substance use disorders, limits initial prescriptions of opioids to seven days, allows patients to receive a lesser amount of opioids than the amount listed on the prescription, and made Massachusetts the first state in our nation to require its schools to utilize evidenced-based SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment).
January 2016: Launched Shatterproof Ambassador Program
The Shatterproof Ambassador program is a powerful, national network of volunteer peer leaders who actively educate and empower others to support Shatterproof’s mission. Our Ambassadors testify at state and federal legislative hearings, attend community events, write op-eds, and share their personal stories of addiction in order to create change.
July 15, 2015: Connecticut HB 6856 Signed into Law
Shatterproof advised on the drafting of the bill led by Governor Malloy, and was the lead advocate for its passage. This bill requires prescribers to consult Connecticut’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program before prescribing all Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances, and requires dispensers to upload data within 24 hours. The bill also requires prescribers to take continuing education courses on the proper prescribing of pain medication, and expands access to the overdose reversal medication naloxone.
- June 10, 2015: Florida HB 751 Signed into Law
Shatterproof drafted the legislation, enlisted Representative Dr. Julio Gonzalez as the bill’s sponsor, led the advocacy campaign and brought together a coalition of 19 organizations to support this legislation. The bill expands access to the overdose reversal medicine naloxone.
From "Support Laws to Save Overdose Victims," Tallahasse Democrat, January 27, 2015
“It’s imperative that we continue to advocate for public policies in Florida and across the nation that save lives and end the stigma of drug addiction.” - Gary MendellGet involved
- April 2, 2015: West Virginia SB 523 Signed into Law
Shatterproof led the advocacy campaign and brought together a coalition of 14 organizations to support this legislation. The bill provides protection from arrest in overdose emergency situations, both for the individual who calls for emergency assistance, as well as for the individual experiencing the overdose.
- March 25, 2015: Kentucky SB 192 Signed into Law
Shatterproof drafted key provisions of this legislation, led the advocacy campaign, and brought together a coalition of 10 organizations to support the legislation. This legislation provides protection from arrest in overdose emergency situations, both for the individual who calls for emergency assistance, as well as for the individual experiencing the overdose.
It also expands access to naloxone by allowing prescribers to provide the drug to those at risk of an overdose, as well as to family members and others who may be in a position to administer this life-saving medication. In addition, the bill allows emergency first responders, police and firefighters to administer naloxone immediately upon arriving at the scene, allows pharmacists to prescribe naloxone without a doctor, and provides $10 million dollars for treatment.
- February 26, 2015: West Virginia SB 335 Signed into Law
Shatterproof led the advocacy campaign and brought together a coalition of 14 organizations to support the legislation. The bill expands access to naloxone by allowing emergency first responders, police and firefighters to administer naloxone immediately upon arriving at the scene.
- September 30, 2014: Pennsylvania SB 1164 Signed into Law
Shatterproof, in partnership with Delaware-based atTAcK addiction, brought together over a dozen organizations to support this legislation. The bill provides protection from arrest in overdose emergency situations, both for the individual who calls for emergency assistance, as well as for the individual experiencing the overdose.
- August 4, 2014: Delaware HB 388 Signed into Law
Shatterproof, in partnership with Delaware-based atTAcK addiction, brought together over a dozen organizations to support this legislation. The bill permits all police officers to carry naloxone.
- June 25, 2014: Delaware SB 219 Signed into law
Shatterproof, in partnership with Delaware-based atTAcK addiction, brought together over a dozen organizations to support this legislation. The bill expands access to naloxone. The first training was conducted on October 25, 2014.
- June 16, 2014
Shatterproof entered a partnership to advance SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment). This screening and intervention program for teens has proven to reduce the number who will become addicted.
- May 7th, 2014: Maine LD 1686 Signed into Law
With help from advocacy campaigns led by Shatterproof and several organizations, this law makes naloxone more readily available to first responders, law enforcement and family members of those at risk of an overdose.
- December 2013
Shatterproof launched a unique event series, the Shatterproof Challenge, in 15 cities. It’s the largest campaign in the history of the United States to reduce the stigma associated with addiction and raise funding for its prevention, treatment and recovery.
- November 6th, 2013
Shatterproof launched My Last Photo, an important project to tell the full story of addiction through images and memories of our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and friends who have been lost to addiction. The project both memorializes loved ones and stands as a poignant symbol of Shatterproof’s commitment to end the suffering caused by this disease.
- October 2013
Shatterproof garnered 21,000 signatures on a collective letter sent to President Obama, demanding issuance of the final regulations of The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. The regulations were issued on November 8th 2013.
- September 10, 2013
The organization’s name was changed from Brian’s Wish to Shatterproof, and shatterproof.org was launched.
- January 2013
The formation of Brian’s Wish was publically announced at the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Matters Conference.
- February 2012
Brian’s Wish was incorporated.