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Maryland Gov. Hogan asks Congress to 'step up' on opioid funding

Maryland Gov. Hogan asks Congress to 'step up' on opioid funding

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan told a Senate committee Thursday that the federal government needs to increase funding and tighten international shipping requirements to help stem the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation.

Testifying before Congress for the first time, the Republican governor made an impassioned plea for additional funding — arguing in written testimony that the money included in a sweeping federal health bill approved in 2016 was “clearly not enough” to address the problem.

Speaking to the broader issue of the over-prescription of opiates, Hogan revealed that during his recovery from cancer three different doctors offered to write him a 30-day prescription for opioid...

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