Warren unveils opioid legislation as Congress prepares its package

Modern Healthcare

Congress is wrapping up a host of bills that will make up a new legislation package aimed at the opioid epidemic, but one senator is touting a separate, far more sweeping proposal ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

On Friday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) previewed a bill that would create a massive program for substance abuse prevention and treatment. The program would be modeled on the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program for prevention and treatment, which costs just over $2.3 billion a year, according to the Health Resources and Services website.

Warren introduced the legislation at a news conference in Boston during a visit to the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is also signing on to the bill.

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