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John Sarbanes named to conference committee crafting opioid bill

John Sarbanes named to conference committee crafting opioid bill

Rep. John Sarbanes will serve on a conference committee charged with reconciling the vastly different opioid addiction bills passed by the House and Senate, offering him an opportunity to help address one of Baltimore's most intractable problems.

Sarbanes, a Baltimore County Democrat who represents portions of Baltimore City, was named to the conference committee Tuesday by House leaders. The five-term lawmaker was one of the few Democrats to shepherd a bill through the House last week intended to mitigate a national increase in heroin and prescription drug overdoes.

Despite a new emphasis on opiate addiction in rural areas, the uptick in overdoses has also hit Baltimore --...

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