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Congress crafts opioid addiction legislation, but struggles with funding

Congress crafts opioid addiction legislation, but struggles with funding

Congress is advancing bipartisan legislation intended to address the nation's opioid abuse epidemic, but lawmakers appear to be no closer to finding a way to pay for the effort — an omission that even supporters say will severely limit its impact.

As a spiraling nationwide increase in overdoses has captured Washington's attention, both the House and Senate have approved bills to expand access to treatment, make overdose reversal drugs more widely available and strengthen state prescription drug monitoring programs.

But while Congress has started the process of reconciling the bills, little progress has been made in defusing a political confrontation over funding. Because...

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