STAT: Senate panel approves funding bill with big boost to fight opioid epidemic

Senate panel approves funding bill with big boost to fight opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON — A key Senate panel approved a health funding bill Tuesday that would nearly double the federal support for fighting the nation’s opioid epidemic.

The 2017 funding bill unveiled by Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri and Patty Murray of Washington, who head the subcommittee that oversees health spending, would increase spending for addressing opioid abuse to $261 million. That’s up $126 million from last year, a 93 percent increase.... [Read more at STAT News]