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NOPAIN Act Basics

What is the NOPAIN Act?

The Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation Act (“NOPAIN Act”) (S. 586/H.R. 3259) is a bill designed to prevent opioid addiction before it starts by increasing the use of non-opioid pain management approaches in outpatient surgical settings.


What Would the NOPAIN Act Do?

The NOPAIN Act is designed to increase use of non-opioid pain management approaches by changing outdated federal reimbursement policies. The legislation would:

  • Expand patient and provider access to FDA approved non-opioid pain management approaches in all outpatient surgical settings for the next five years.
  • Require a report to Congress on limitations, gaps, barriers to access, or deficits in Medicare coverage or reimbursement for therapeutic services.


Why Do We Need The NOPAIN Act?

This NOPAIN Act would ensure safe, non-addictive therapies are widely available to the tens of millions of Americans who undergo an outpatient surgical procedure every year. Drug-related overdoses and deaths skyrocketed during the pandemic resulting in the highest rates ever recorded. This policy change aims to reduce unnecessary exposure to opioids and the likelihood of opioid abuse or addiction following an acute pain incident.


Who Champions The NOPAIN Act?

Representatives Terri Sewell (D-AL), David McKinley (R-WV), Ann Kuster (D-NH), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced and champion the NOPAIN Act. The NOPAIN Act now has over 160 bipartisan cosponsors across both chambers.

Congress can act now to prevent addiction before it starts and ensure those who need non-addictive pain therapies have access. Please join us to ensure Congress enacts the NOPAIN Act now!

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