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Congress Working On Anti-Opioid Legislation In Coming Weeks

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By June 12, 2018

In the next two weeks the Congress will finally have the chance to evaluate dozens of bills intended to counteract the opioid epidemic. With the Republican-led Executive and Legislative branches laser-focused on ending the opioid crisis, it is expected that a number of bills will pass with bipartisan support. Included are bills aimed at preventing Fentanyl from entering the country illegally, change distribution patterns for opioids, and make research and treatment better funded and more available. There is also expected to be a bill package put to a vote mid next week. If these pass, the fight against the drug crisis is expected to become much easier.

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WASHINGTON — The nation’s growing addiction to prescription painkillers will command much of Congress’ attention over the next two weeks as House lawmakers consider dozens of bills that they hope will help curb the deadly opioid epidemic.

A series of votes will begin in the House on Tuesday and continue through next week on individual bills that would address the distribution of prescription drugs and provide help for those who are addicted.

The legislation includes proposals that aim to stop illegal drugs like Fentanyl from entering the country, change how opioids are distributed, make treatment for opioid addiction more readily available and speed up research on new non-addictive pain medications. Click Here to Continue Reading

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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