Gardner, Coons Introduce Legislation to Support Research on Opioid Addiction

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE) recently introduced the Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment (EFFORT) Act to support research on opioid addiction. The legislation would direct the National ScienceFoundation (NSF), in consultation with the National Institutes of Health, to support merit-reviewed and competitively awarded research on the science of opioid addiction, allowing for further understanding of how to more effectively treat the multiple aspects of opioid addiction. A companion bill was introduced in the House by U.S. Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Jim Baird (R-IN).


“The opioid epidemic is devastating communities across the nation and has ruined too many lives in Colorado,” said Senator Gardner.“There’s no one solution to ending this crisis, but promoting research to better understand the epidemic and encouraging the development of new tools and treatments for opioid addiction and abuse are meaningful steps. This bipartisan legislation will support research efforts at the National Science Foundation so we can base policy on evidence and work to stop the cycle of opioid addiction.”


“Opioid-related deaths have reached epidemic levels in Delaware and across the country,” said Senator Coons. “It is a crisis that demands we pull every lever at our disposal. That’s why I have been proud to combat the importation of fentanyl, work to ensure better reporting of opioid shipments domestically, and support last year’s bipartisan bill to strengthen the federal response. It is also why I am excited today to introduce this bill that will ensure ongoing investments in critical research and deepen our understanding of the many facets of opioid addiction.”


Previous research by the NSF on opioid addiction has increased understanding of the neuroscience of addiction, substance abuse intervention, the secondary effects on families, and more. Senators Gardner and Coons also introduced the DEA Clearinghouse Act, which guards against prescription drug diversion.




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.