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House Passes Massive Package to Address Opioid Crisis

The package would require medical records list a patient's addiction history

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    House Passes Massive Package to Address Opioid Crisis
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    In this June 14, 2018, file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks about the opioid crisis during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The House passed a major legislative package to address the crisis on Friday, June 22.

    The House of Representatives on Friday passed the largest legislative package on opioids in recent history, NBC News reported.

    The package, made up of 58 bills, would direct federal agencies to prioritize training, support recovery centers and conduct research to help combat the growing epidemic, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says killed 42,000 people in 2016.

    Among the provisions: requiring medical records list a patient's addiction history, change how prescription pills are distributed and direct the National Institutes of Health to develop non-addictive painkillers.

    The package passed 396-14 after months of debate and now heads to the Senate.

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