(c) Report- Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the entity conducting the study required by subsection (a) shall submit to the Secretary of Defense and the congressional defense committees a report on the results of the study. The report shall set forth the findings and recommendations of the entity as a result of the study.

SEC. 5. CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN THE PREVENTION, DIAGNOSIS, MITIGATION, TREATMENT, AND MANAGEMENT OF SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS.

(a) In General- The Secretary of Defense shall establish within the Department of Defense a Center of Excellence in the Prevention, Diagnosis, Mitigation, Treatment, and Management of Substance Use Disorders.

(b) Partnerships- The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that the Center collaborates to the maximum extent practicable with the Department of Veterans Affairs, institutions of higher education, and other appropriate public and private entities (including international entities) to carry out the responsibilities specified in subsection (c).

(c) Responsibilities- The Center shall have responsibilities as follows:

(1) To implement the comprehensive plan of the Department of Defense for the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and management of substance use disorders under section 3, including the performance of research on gender and ethnic group-specific health needs related to substance use disorders.

(2) To provide for the development, testing, and dissemination within the Department of evidence-based best practices for the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and management of substance use disorders.

(3) To provide guidance for healthcare professionals and support service staff of the health system of the Department in providing quality health care for members of the Armed Forces with substance use disorders, and their dependents, when possible, who are suffering from the effects of substance use disorders.

(4) To provide guidance for healthcare professionals and support service staff to make members of the Armed Forces receiving prescription pain medications aware of the potential for abuse of or addiction to such substances, and to provide such members education on ways of properly securing such substances and disposing of such substances when no longer needed.



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