A day after news that heroin use has exploded, a bill was introduced to revamp how painkiller addiction is treated.

The bill introduced Wednesday would implement a series of reforms for office-based opioid treatment programs. Doctors in these programs provide opioid treatments such as methadone and buprenorphine, which are opioids, according to the measure introduced by Reps. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and Steve Womack, R-Ark.

The bill would set up new reforms to modernize the programs and ensure that patients get better treatments than just those two options, according to a statement.

"Opioid abuse and opioid-related deaths are unfortunately on the rise, and our antiquated addiction treatment system has prevented us from slowing the epidemic," Womack said. "A patient's treatment for opioid abuse should not be dependent on the facility he or she happens to walk into."

The bill would require all physicians employed in office-based treatment programs to be trained in opioid detoxification and the use of all Food and Drug Administration-approved medications for treatment of opioid dependence and overdose.

The physicians must develop individualized treatment plans for each patient and ensure that they don't steal any controlled substances. The bill also gives the federal government more authority to inspect treatment programs.

The Opioid Addiction Treatment Modernization Act comes a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that heroin overdose deaths quadrupled over the past decade. Heroin use has accelerated across all demographic groups.

The agency noted that abuse of painkillers is a gateway to heroin, as a patient on painkillers is 40 times more likely to abuse heroin. That is because the high is very similar to heroin and the drug is much cheaper than painkillers on the streets, CDC officials said.