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The opioid crisis in the United States shows no signs of slowing, impacting communities and families across the country. In 2022, over 80,000 Americans died from an overdose, while nearly 10 million Americans misused opioids 1. One underreported statistic has been the impact on our senior population – over 1.1 million seniors were diagnosed with an opioid use disorder, and more than 50,000 seniors overdosed on opioids last year alone 2. The Alternatives to PAIN Act, legislation recently introduced in the House of Representatives, can help prevent opioid addiction before it begins.

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The Alternatives to PAIN Act has bipartisan support to increase access for seniors to non-opioid pain management options in Medicare Part D.

Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) and Tony Cardenas (D-CA) have introduced bipartisan legislation called the Alternatives to PAIN Act that will build on the success of past legislation, like the NOPAIN Act, by increasing access for seniors to non-opioid pain management options in Medicare Part D, which provides prescription drug coverage for nearly 52 million Americans.

The legislation would ensure that seniors have full access to non-opioid pain management options and allow patients and healthcare professionals to choose the treatment that is right for them. Under this bill, Americans on Medicare Part D and would never pay more for a non-opioid than they would for an opioid prescription.


Patients, especially America’s seniors, deserve access to safe, effective, FDA approved non-addictive forms of pain management options.

  • There is an immediate need for patients in the United States, especially our vulnerable senior population, to have unrestricted access to all forms of pain management, particularly those that do not include addictive opioids.
  • In 2021, 1.1 million seniors were diagnosed with an opioid use disorder, and 50,400 seniors experienced an opioid overdose from prescription opioids, illicit opioids, or both. 3
  • By increasing access to non-opioids, the United States can drive down the rates of opioid misuse, stopping overdoses and ultimately deaths.
  • The NOPAIN Act, passed by Congress in 2022, gave American seniors much-needed access to non-opioid forms of pain management, but only in the outpatient surgical setting through a patient’s Medicare Part B benefit. The Alternatives to PAIN Act will build on that success in Medicare Part D to ensure America’s seniors can access novel forms of pain management.
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