Senate sends bipartisan opioid legislation to Trump's desk

The Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 98-1 passed legislation aimed at fighting the opioid crisis, sending the measure to President Trump's desk. The 660-page bill cracks down on illicit opioids being imported by mail from other countries and fueling the epidemic.

The Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 98-1 passed legislation aimed at fighting the opioid crisis, sending the measure to President Trump's desk. The 660-page bill cracks down on illicit opioids being imported by mail from other countries and fueling the epidemic. It also lifts limits on nurse practitioners and other providers being able to prescribe the addiction treatment drug buprenorphine. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday said the bill is "set to deliver major relief to the American communities that have been decimated by the scourge of substance abuse and addiction." Some Democrats say the bill is a good first step but more work still needs to be done, including more funding. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), for example, has a bill to provide $100 billion to fight the crisis over 10 years, saying a larger, more sustained investment is necessary. More than 42,000 people were killed by opioids in 2016, according to CDC.