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S 786, the Student and Student Athlete Opioid Misuse Prevention Act, allows the Department of Education (ED) to make grants to public and nonprofit, private entities:

  1. To carry out school-based programs about the dangers of misuse and addiction to opioid and other prescription drugs; 
  2. To carry out community-based programs about the misuse and addiction to opioid and other prescription drugs; and
  3. To engage with youth, high school, and college athletic and recreation programs about the dangers of misuse and addiction to opioid and other prescription drugs.

The bill enumerates specific types of programs that could be funded by these grants; for example, school-based programs focused on school districts with high or increasing rates of opioid misuse and addiction, or programs focused on youth and student athletes who are at risk of misuse of and addiction to opioids as part of injury recovery and pain management. 

The bill authorizes $10 million in appropriations for carrying out the bill in fiscal year 2018. Up to $500,000 of that amount can go directly to ED to support and conduct periodic analyses and evaluations of effective prevention programs for misuse of and addiction to opioids and related drugs; that money can also go towards developing appropriate strategies for disseminating information about and implementing such programs. ED must create an annual report for Congress about those analysis, evaluation, dissemination, and implementation efforts.

Status 

S 786 was introduced in the Senate on March 30, 2017, and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on the same date.

Sponsors 

Sponsor: Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

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