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Senate passes opioid bill with no funding attached

Mar 11, 2016

[Modern Healthcare]

The Senate easily passed a bipartisan bill aimed at combating opioid misuse and overdose deaths Thursday, but Democrats said the earlier defeat of an emergency funding amendment leaves the legislation essentially powerless.

Senators approved the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act with a vote of 94-1.

The bill creates grant programs for states to build education programs and develop evidence-based treatment plans. It also expands the availability of naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose, and strengthens prescription monitoring programs.

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