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Sen. Young introduces 6 bills to fight opioid epidemic

Indiana Sen. Todd Young is bringing new legislation to the White House to fight the opioid epidemic.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2018 6:49 AM
Updated: Oct. 15, 2018 11:19 AM

WASHINGTON (WLFI) — Indiana Sen. Todd Young is bringing new legislation to the White House to fight the opioid epidemic. He introduced and co-led six bills, and they are heading to President Trump to be signed into law.

The bipartisan legislation authorizes additional funding for states. It allows for new developments and research by the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.

Sen. Young said research is an important step in ending the crisis.

"Many medical professionals admitted that more research needed to be done on the clinical practices, there was in recent history an over-prescription of opioids to many individuals," said Young.

The new legislation also provides resources to the U.S. Postal Service to stop illegal drug shipments at the border.

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