The House has approved a mountain of bills addressing the nation's opioid abuse crisis, fueled by lawmakers' bipartisan craving for election-year action on the deadly epidemic. Yet the measures are leaving anti-drug advocates underwhelmed, and Congress won't decide till later how much money it's willing to provide.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is ready to start crafting compromise legislation addressing the nation's opioid abuse crisis, which should be an easier lift than other issues facing lawmakers. The reason: Both parties have an election-year incentive to show they're tackling a problem that is killing people in America's biggest cities and smallest towns. - ALAN FRAM, Philadelphia AP
Sen. Klobuchar is meeting with leadership from Minnesota's treatment and medical communities Friday in an effort to speak out on the battle to tackle prescription drug abuse.
Federal and state legislative solutions to the "unique American problem" of opioid addictions and deaths were released on the same day Minnesota reported another spike in drug overdose fatalities.
House passes a slate of opioid bills, setting up a negotiation process with the Senate that embattled politicians hope goes quickly.
New data from the state health department shows the impact opioid abuse is having on Minnesotans.
While US represents only 5 percent of global population, Americans consume 80 percent of world's supply of pain medication