Senate Passes Bill to Combat Heroin, Painkiller Abuse

March 17th, 2016

A bill with wide bipartisan support was passed on a 94-1 vote as the country’s problem with opioid abuse worsens. The legislation will establish grant programs to help state and local governments improve education and treatment for drug abuse, encourage medical providers to reduce unnecessary prescriptions, commit resources to help veterans deal with addiction and give local law enforcement and mental health officials tools to lower the death rate from overdoses.

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