Shatterproof Founder and CEO Gary Mendell released the following statement on the signing of the federal opioid bill into law.

WASHINGTON, DC – Shatterproof Founder and CEO Gary Mendell released the following statement on the signing of the federal opioid bill into law this afternoon:

“I was pleased to join President Trump and my fellow colleagues in the addiction advocacy space for the signing of H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, into law this afternoon. I commend the president and members of the House and Senate for the months of hard work that went into the final package that will move forward a number of important policy areas, including encouraging the use of evidence-based best practices among entities applying for federal grants for prevention and treatment of substance abuse disorders. We are also encouraged to see the partial repeal of the Medicaid IMD exclusion policy was conditioned on the treatment facility providing multiple forms of medication-assisted-treatment (MAT). These policy changes – and many others included in the bill – will save lives.

“While these are important steps, there is still much to be done. Shatterproof will continue to work with our national advocacy network to enact changes in the states to improve access to and quality of substance use disorder treatment. At the federal level, we will work to ensure that the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act results in maximum positive effect as it is implemented in the coming months and years.

“We must use this day both to recognize this significant, bipartisan accomplishment, but also continue the fight to end the stigma of addiction, prevent more loved ones from becoming addicted in the first place, and ensure those that do have access to evidence-based treatment.”

For more information about Shatterproof’s advocacy efforts in support of H.R. 6, click here.

About Gary Mendell:

Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. He founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the loss of his son Brian to addiction in 2011. Mr. Mendell is an experienced businessman and CEO who founded HEI Hotels & Resorts and is the former president of Starwood Lodging Trust.

About Shatterproof:

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. Shatterproof works to end the stigma and foster a community of support, providing evidence-based resources to support prevention, treatment and recovery. Shatterproof advocates for changes in policy at the federal and state level and supports the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance use disorders.