House, Senate hope to craft quick anti-drug abuse compromise

Congress is ready to start crafting compromise legislation addressing the nation’s opioid abuse crisis, which should be an easier lift than other issues facing lawmakers. The House overwhelmingly approved 18 bills this week setting up federal grants and taking other steps to battle the drug epidemic, and prepared Friday to begin negotiations on a final package with the Senate. “It’s a very important start, but we need dollars, we need statutory changes and we need sustained focus and attention,” said Robert Morrison, executive director of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.
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