A new law signed by President Donald Trump this week aims to curb the opioid epidemic.
The legislation, titled the “Preventing the Opioid Crisis Act of 2017,” is aimed at ending a “crisis of epidemic proportions.”
The legislation will require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a “certificate of safety” for all new drug tests.
The new rules also will require drug testing of drivers of vehicles that are not in a police department’s fleet.
It was the second opioid crisis to hit the White House in less than two weeks.
On Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order to expand the use of opioid-based drugs and set up an emergency commission to oversee the crisis.
Trump also announced that the Department is taking steps to expedite the approval of new prescriptions for OxyContin and other opioid medications.
The opioid crisis has also forced the Department to rethink its strategy for responding to the crisis, including the rollout of the opioid emergency plan and other strategies to reduce deaths.
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