“The opioid crisis is a tragedy with some unlikely side effects.
In this case, one of those side effects is uniting Democrats from Massachusetts with Republicans from the Midwest.
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey is teaming up with his colleagues from across the aisle to push for both legislation and information.
“[Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell [of Kentucky] and I are requesting that there be a surgeon general report on the opioid overdose epidemic in the United States,” Markey said.
Markey is also co-sponsoring a bill with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul to expand the use of medication-assisted treatment, like Suboxone.
“The reason I can do that with two senators from Kentucky, who are Republicans, is that there really is no difference between Lexington, Massachusetts, and Lexington, Kentucky,” Markey said. “We have an epidemic in both states, and we have to ensure that we put together a national plan.”
Source: WBUR.org – July 1, 2015