Newly formed Opioid Network calls for $45B to fight opioid epidemic

The Opioid Network, a newly-formed group made up of over 45 advocacy organizations, supports a proposed Senate bill that would allocate $45 billion over 10 years to fight the opioid epidemic, according to The Hill.


Dozens of local advocacy groups from around the nation are the foundation of the Opioid Network, though it is also supported by the Center for Popular Democracy. The CPD was a vocal opponent of Republican efforts to repeal and replace the ACA.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., proposed a bill in October that would provide $45 billion to curb opioid addiction efforts over 10 years. In addition to supporting this bill, the Opioid Network also demanded Congress pass a healthcare stabilization bill and avoid any cuts to Medicaid.

"It's the public health crisis of our time, and it deserves a response that will actually get political action," said Jennifer Flynn, director of mobilization and advocacy for the CPD, according to The Hill.

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