The crisis that is the opioid-addiction epidemic calls for pulling out all the stops with a governmental response. The package of bills approved by the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to address the catastrophe is the largest and most comprehensive measure aimed at stemming the opioid death toll yet.
That it still will not be enough is a terrifying realization.
But at least the elements of this legislation will bring much needed reforms and other help.
The House of Representatives approved its version of the bill in June. It is focused on prevention and education, more research for nonopioid pain treatment, better access to those alternative pain treatments, and federal standards for sober-living facilities, among other elements.
The Senate voted this week on its version, which included several provisions sponsored by Ohio’s senators, Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown.
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