- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Several bills aimed at combating opioid addiction and sponsored by members of Massachusetts’s all-Democratic congressional delegation have passed the U.S. House.

Two bills pushed by Rep. Katherine Clark passed unanimously on Wednesday.

One bill is designed to reduce the amount of unused and unwanted pain medications fueling the opioid epidemic. The other bill would help ensure safe care plans for families with infants suffering from opioid exposure.

A bill co-sponsored by Congressman Joe Kennedy also passed the House. The bill would create a task force to review, modify and update best practices for prescribing opioids. An amendment sponsored by Rep. William Keating would require the task force to consider whether prescriptions for the overdose-reversal drug naloxone should accompany opioid prescriptions.

The bills now head to the U.S. Senate.



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