House panel approves bipartisan drug abuse legislation

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved federal grants that would bolster state and local efforts against the abuse of opioid analgesics.

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved federal grants that would bolster state and local efforts against the abuse of opioid analgesics. The measure would establish federal grants that state and local governments could use for their pick of law enforcement, training, treatment, or prescription-drug monitoring programs to combat opioid abuse. The grants would total $103 million annually over the next 5 years, but the actual amounts provided would be decided by Congress in later spending legislation. The House Energy and Commerce Committee is working on 11 separate bills addressing drug abuse, including grants making it easier in some cases to provide naloxone. Critics said they preferred wider-ranging legislation that the Senate approved last month. They said the Senate bill had stronger provisions strengthening efforts aimed at prevention, education, and supporting recovering addicts.