Senate Passes Sweeping Bill to Battle Opioid Epidemic


A Senate riven by disputes on a Supreme Court pick set aside the sniping long enough Monday to approve legislation to combat the opioid epidemic by limiting the runaway flow of addictive pills, expanding treatment and giving inspectors new tools to root out deadly fentanyl in the mail stream.

The lopsided 99-1 vote underscored the depth of the drug-overdose crisis that’s hammering every corner of the U.S. and resulted in 72,000 deaths in 2017, nearly 49,000 of which were from opioids.

“The scope is simply staggering,” said Sen. Gary Peters, Michigan Democrat.

The opioid bill packages proposals from 70 senators, giving them a chance to point to …

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