WE WON! The MAT Act Passed!

The Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act was signed into law by President Biden on December 29, 2022.

This is a huge victory for the thousands of People’s Action Overdose Crisis Cohort member leaders who organized their neighbors, made phone calls and hosted meetings over the past two years.

The MAT Act will increase access to proven treatments for people with opioid use disorder, and bring us closer to ending the drug war and a world where not one life is lost to overdose.

Are You a Health Care Provider?

The MAT Act makes it a lot easier for health care providers to prescribe lifesaving treatments for opioid use disorder. The DATA-Waiver (X-Waiver) Program has been eliminated, so practitioners with a current Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration may now prescribe buprenorphine if permitted by state law.

Click here to learn more about the new, streamlined guidelines for accessing these treatments.


End the Overdose Crisis and Drug War Now

We believe in strong, healthy communities, where everyone – no matter what you look like, who you are or where you’re from – has what they need to stay alive and thrive. Whether you live in the Ohio River Valley or on the Jersey Shore, on the lowlands of Scott County, Indiana or in the streets of New York City, we all want to see our friends and family members live long, fulfilling lives. 

But when it comes to the overdose crisis ravaging our communities, politicians in the pockets of pharmaceutical lobbyists and private prisons try to distract us from the role they have played in allowing over 108,000 of our friends, neighbors, family members and coworkers to die from preventable drug overdoses. Instead of offering proven public health solutions that save lives, these politicians lock up our loved ones who use drugs so they can collect kickbacks from private prison lobbyists, who profit off of having more of us behind bars. They let drug corporations flood our communities with addictive painkillers, while healthcare lobbyists deny us the treatments we need. Then, they try to make us fear each other for what we look like or where we live, so we don’t join together to demand proven solutions.


But we know better. No matter what we look like or where we come from – whether black, white or brown, from big cities, rural communities or small towns – the overdose crisis reminds us that we are all human. Our ability to get and stay well depends on everyone having what we need to prevent, treat, and recover from illness. Now is the time to join together and demand measures to stop preventable overdose deaths, and to pull through this crisis by pulling together.

The People’s Action Overdose Crisis Cohort fights for proven solutions that keep us alive through this public health crisis – passing the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act, funding harm reduction measures, and stopping the expansion of the drug war. 

By following the evidence and the voices of those most directly impacted by the War on Drugs and our overdose crisis, we can build communities where families are kept together and those who struggle get the support they need to get and stay well.  

Learn more about the origins of the War on Drugs and how we can end it–together.

Learn more about the MAT Act and how it will save countless lives

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