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Representative Curcio Files Legislation To Improve Quality Of Care For Tennesseans Battling Addiction

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) today introduced legislation designed to improve the quality of care for Tennesseans who are battling addiction.

As part of the ongoing efforts of House Republicans to address Tennessee’s opioid and drug crisis, House Bill 1929 — known as the Stopping Addiction & Fostering Excellence (SAFE) Act — ensures that patients who utilize recovery houses receive high-quality care that empowers them to end the cycle of addiction.

The SAFE Act enables providers at these facilities to focus their efforts on implementing more customized and targeted treatment plans for patients. Additionally, House Bill 1929 streamlines operational guidelines while strengthening partnerships between the facility and its local municipality.

Tennessee’s opioid epidemic claimed the lives of more than 1,600 Tennesseans in 2016 alone.  Every day in our state, at least three people die from opioid-related overdoses. This is more than Tennessee’s daily number of traffic fatalities.

As Vice-Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee, Representative Curcio remains committed to addressing all sides of this paramount issue in order to keep more Tennesseans moving along a pathway to complete recovery.

“It is clear that our state’s drug and opioid crisis is the most important issue we have faced as a state over the last several years,” said Representative Curcio. “We want to do our part in order to ensure that those who utilize recovery houses receive the best possible care so that they can continue to move away from a state of dependency and regain their independence.”

For additional information about House Bill 1929, please click here.

Michael Curcio serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Insurance & Banking Committee, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Curcio lives in Dickson and Represents House District 69, which includes Hickman County, as well as parts of Dickson and Maury Counties. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by calling (615) 741-3513.

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