As opioid addiction reaches crisis proportions, especially among middle-age women, President Obama signed the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. (Photo: Getty)

Congress has passed, and President Obama has signed, a bill aimed at the opioid addiction crisis — although no funding is attached to pay for the measures the bill contains.

Ironically, the crisis appears to be taking an outsized toll on women over 50, according to an article on, which said that “[t]here has been a 450 percent increase in the number of deaths among women since 1999, in particular, a statistic attributed to opioid use.”

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