State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) made the following statement in response to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s 2019 State of the State address:

“I was encouraged this evening to hear that Gov. Holcomb’s vision for 2019 includes improving access to both affordable high-speed broadband as well as quality treatment for those addicted to opioids, both of which are issues that greatly affect residents of Senate District 47.

“There are more than 500 Suboxone providers across our state treating those with opioid addictions, yet they do not have to conform to regulations like other opioid treatment providers do. It is crucial we put guardrails in place to help ensure these office-based opioid treatment providers are providing quality, effective treatment that helps those who fight addiction. This is why I authored Senate Bill 141, which would create a framework of regulations for these programs to help the public distinguish the good clinics from the bad and ensure responsible spending of Medicaid dollars.

“Along with the governor and my colleagues in the General Assembly, I look forward to improving our state through these and other initiatives this session.”