The Cures Act was an important project for the Obama Administration. The act helps bring needed funding and action to solve the 5 biggest medical issues facing the nation.
The Cures Act Signing Ceremony
Watch President Barack Obama discuss and sign the Cures Act. It begins at approximately 1:04:00.:
The White House provided this quick visual glance at how the Cures Act helps. President Obama said it will further research and science for such issues as cancer, the opioid epidemic, and Alzheimer’s.:
The Cures Act Initiatives
The Cures Act will invest $1 billion to combat the epidemic of opioid drug overdoses. The epidemic is largely due to heroin and abuse of prescription opioid drugs like Percocet and Vicodin. Deaths from drug overdoses have surpassed deaths from motor vehicle accidents in the United States, and this act will help combat the growing problem.
Vice President Biden’s personal project, in honor of his son who passed away from cancer last year, Cancer Moonshot is a new effort to make advances in cancer research. Its $1.8 billion investment aims to find new cancer prevention tools, early detection methods, and discover other possible advancements in the field.
The Cures Act will provide mental health provisions, including programs focused on suicide prevention and ensuring mental health parity. In this case, parity means equal access and resources allotted for behavioral health treatments as those for physical conditions. The act will further strengthen President Obama’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force.
The Precision Medicine Initiative is a new research mandate to learn more about medicine and how treatments–including pharmaceuticals–work in the body. It defines each patient as being unique and needing treatments that are personally tailored.
Even the smartest scientists and medical professionals will admit to knowing very little about the brain, and even less about the brain disorders. This initiative provides funding to invest in research to uncover new ways to prevent, treat, and cure brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injuries.