Analysis

Opioid Bill Lacks Funding To Make Lasting Impact

Law360 (September 20, 2018, 5:07 PM EDT) -- A bill passed by the Senate this week to address the national opioid crisis proposes worthwhile initiatives such as packaging and shipping restrictions on certain drugs, but experts say billions of dollars more in federal funding is needed to stem the epidemic.

Following the passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 earlier this week, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., announced that the Senate had approved $3.8 billion in funding for the 2019 fiscal year to be directed toward addressing the opioid crisis, which the Centers for Disease Control says claims the lives of 115 Americans every day.

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