The bipartisan legislation aims to reduce the drug supply.

Nearly half a million Americans have died from a drug overdose in the past decade, but a new law aims to prevent that epidemic from ever happening again. 

In a rare show of bipartisan success in Washington, Reps. Harley Rouda (D-CA) and Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced H.R. 3889, the ONDCP Technical Corrections Act of 2019, and ushered its passage through the House and Senate. 

The bill, signed by President Trump on Nov. 27, aims to improve the federal government’s ability to respond to the ongoing addiction crisis plaguing America by strengthening the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

The ONDCP Technical Corrections Act builds on a 2018 law, the SUPPORT Act, which aimed to address treatment, prevention, recovery, and enforcement. The new law resolves technical issues with the SUPPORT Act and includes measures to ensure that ONDCP is able to spearhead national efforts to combat drug use. 

These efforts will include programs to both reduce the drug supply and reduce demand, while also establishing metrics to better measure progress towards federal drug control goals. 

“In Orange County, drug and alcohol overdose deaths have increased by 82 percent since 2000. This law will give the Office of National Drug Control Policy additional authority to help fight the addiction crisis,” Rouda said in a statement. “H.R. 3889 is proof that Democrats and Republicans can come together to deliver common-sense solutions to help tackle some of our nation’s toughest problems.”