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House Passes Policy Tweaks Targeting Opioid Abuse

Law360, Washington (June 12, 2018, 7:28 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed two dozen bills aimed at combating the opioid epidemic Tuesday, ranging from giving pharmacists more authority to refuse prescriptions to giving the National Institutes of Health more leeway in testing non-opioid pain treatments.

The bills, mostly passed with bipartisan support on voice votes, tweaked dozens of smaller aspects of federal drug policy, aimed at reducing the tens of thousands of deaths a year from opioid abuse. Backers of the measures, including House Energy and Commerce Chair Greg Walden, R-Ore., said...
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