U.S. House legislation highlights escalating government-wide focus on opioid abuse

On June 22 the U.S. House of Representatives passed sweeping legislation that represents "the biggest effort Congress has ever undertaken" to address the opioid epidemic, according to Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR). The House approved HR 6 - the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act - by a vote of 396 to 14, advancing a bipartisan package that combines 58 bills passed in recent weeks, individual components of which are summarized here.

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