Senate passes bill to combat opioid epidemic
The bill would encourage development of nonaddictive alternative painkillers, as well as crack down on current opioid distribution.
One component of the bill would push physicians to discuss pain management alternatives with Medicare patients. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Both parties got behind a bill designed to fight the
misuse of opioids and other addictive medications, with a sole Republican voting against it as it passed in the Senate.
As reported by the
Associated Press, Utah Republican Mike Lee was the sole dissenting voice as the bill was passed 99-1.
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