“A bipartisan bill aimed at curbing the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers took another step forward in a procedural vote in the Senate on Monday.
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, first introduced in 2014, provides funding to states for strengthening their prescription monitoring programs and providing more education and treatment opportunities for people with addiction issues. It also increases access to naloxone, a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses.
The bill received more than the 60 votes needed for it to move forward in the Senate. It is expected to get a final vote later this week. It passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in February with a unanimous voice vote.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) has said she will introduce an amendment calling for $600 million in emergency funding to implement the bill. Republicans have balked at this idea and Democratic leaders have not said specifically whether they would vote against the bill if funding is not included.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said in remarks before the vote that the bill would be meaningless without the funding. “This is too important to say the check is in the mail,” he said.”
Read more at: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160229/NEWS/160229874/opioid-treatment-bill-moves-forward-in-senate
Source: ModernHealthcare.com – February 29, 2016
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