Review of opioid prescribing practices now part of Clay Hunt SAV Act

The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act now contains directions to include a review of opioid prescribing practices.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s office announced Tuesday that the measure is part of a larger, independent examination of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mental health care and suicide prevention programs.

“The overreliance on opioids within the Department of Veterans Affairs has resulted in our nation’s heroes getting hooked instead of helped,” Senator Baldwin stated. Our veterans and their families are grappling with the wounds of war, both seen and unseen. We must do all we can to ensure the treatment they’re receiving does not perpetuate the devastating cycle of addiction that extends far beyond the walls of the VA into our families and communities. I’m grateful to Chairman Isakson and Ranking Member Blumenthal for working with me to reaffirm this commitment as we implement this critical legislation.”  

The Clay Hunt SAV Act was signed into law in February by President Barack Obama.  It was cosponsored by Senator Baldwin. The Act requires a third-party evaluation of existing mental health care and suicide prevention programs at the VA to gauge their effectiveness and make recommendations for consolidation, elimination or improvement.