When something is described as an "epidemic," some type of Congressional action is typically expected. It might not do much, but it's at least an acknowledgement that the problem deserves the attention of the nation's highest powers. 

Two U.S. senators are calling on Congress to appropriate $600 million in emergency funds to combat heroin addiction, which has skyrocketed in recent years. 

More died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any year in history, the Centers for Disease Control recently reported, and the mortality rate for young white adults has increased for the first time in a half-century as an apparent result of opioid addiction

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