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US House Passes Comprehensive Bill on Painkiller Addiction

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a comprehensive bill on opioid abuse, a group of 18 measures designed to combat the nation's epidemic of addiction to painkillers. The legislation takes steps to set up federal grants and a task force designed to examine pain management methods and the prescribing of pain medication. The vote to pass the measures was an overwhelming 400 to 5. Public awareness of the crisis has been heightened in the past few weeks, after the sudden death...

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