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Rep. John Sarbanes, other Dems say opioid bill must include funding

Rep. John Sarbanes, other Dems say opioid bill must include funding

Democrats crafting a final version of a bill to address opioid addiction, including Rep. John Sarbanes of Baltimore County, said Tuesday they will not back a measure absent "significant funding" to deal with the problem.

House and Senate lawmakers approved competing legislation this year to expand access to treatment, make overdose reversal drugs more available and strengthen state prescription drug monitoring programs. Sarbanes was named in May to the conference committee working to resolve the differences in those bills.

But the lack of funding has been a major sticking point in negotiations for months -- long before the conference effort got...

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