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Opioids More than 64,000 Americans died in 2016 from drug overdoses, about two thirds of them attributable to opioids. (Photo: Shutterstock)

In the latest move to combat the opioid crisis, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-MD, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, are introducing legislation that would require $10 billion a year in federal funding to take on the plague of overdoses ravaging the country.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the legislation is modeled after the Ryan White Act, passed in 1990, which provided billions in federal money to combat the AIDS crisis. It would provide federal assistance directly to local and state governments to provide treatment services.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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