Senate passes sweeping legislation to combat opioid epidemic

By Marianna Sotomayor

Lawmakers in both chambers have responded public pressure to find solutions to a deadly crisis that has affected every state in the nation.

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Monday overwhelming approved a sweeping legislative package of bills aimed at combating the nation's deadly opioid epidemic.

The bipartisan measure passed 99-1. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, was the only senator to vote against it.

Similar to the House package passed in June, the Senate's Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (OCRA) directs funding to federal agencies to establish or expand programs dealing with prevention, treatment and recovery.

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