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Senate passes Ossoff bill targeting opioid epidemic

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by Dave Williams | Dec 9, 2021 | Capitol Beat News Service

ATLANTA – The U.S. Senate has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., aimed at America’s opioid crisis.

The Rural Opioid Abuse Prevention Act cleared the Senate Wednesday night and now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives.

More than 75,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses between April 2020 and April of last year, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The bill, cosponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, will steer federal funds toward rural communities with a high level of opioid overdoses.

“With today’s passage of my bipartisan bill to reduce opioid addiction, overdoses and deaths, the Senate proved Democrats and Republicans can still work together to get things done,” Ossoff said.

The legislation would make federal funds available to local governments and organizations in rural areas to help fill gaps in prevention, treatment and recovery services for victims of opioid abuse.

This story is available through a news partnership with Capitol Beat News Service, a project of the Georgia Press Educational Foundation.

5 COMMENTS

  1. The vast majority of people dying are being done in by Fentanyl.
    FENTANYL being the word studiously avoided / strategically absent from the entire legislation & article
    Communist China being the one flooding our country with killer fentanyl .
    Communist Chinese officials also being the killers that Daddy Warbucks Ossoff likes to take ocean cruises with whilst discussing their shared political beliefs.
    Never let a crisis or a pile corpses go to waste when it can be used to create a new rathole to funnel taxpayer dollars down.
    These people are ghouls .

    WORLD
    “We Are Shipping To The U.S.’: Inside China’s Online Synthetic Drug Networks
    November 17, 20205:03 AM ET
    Heard on Morning Edition
    Emily Feng at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2019. (photo by Allison Shelley) ”
    EMILY FENG

    DEMOCRATS
    Ossoff’s Father Met With Chinese ‘Dignitaries’ While Touring His China-Built Yacht
    Millionaire Richard Ossoff has bankrolled his son’s political career

  2. As a former “druggie” I used anything I could get. If all drugs were gone I would just have used alcohol. Remove Fentanyl and you would just put thousands of new drunk drivers out there. The last few years I didn’t do it to get wasted, I used just to feel normal. Stopping drugs at the Mexican border would not fix anything. Addiction isn’t caused by drugs, it’s caused by our defective brains. Thankfully, I got help and still go to 12 step meetings. On December 23rd I will have 27 years clean and sober. Now about my car addiction… ..maybe I need just ONE more :):)

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