House set to vote on dozens of bills aimed at fighting deadly opioid epidemic

In the coming weeks, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on dozens of bills aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic.

In the coming weeks, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on dozens of bills aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic. The measures include proposals that seek to stop illegal drugs from entering the United States, change how opioids are distributed, make opioid addiction treatment more readily available, and accelerate research on non-addictive pain treatments. A number of the proposals have bipartisan support and developed from a series of hearings held by a House committee. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved more than 50 opioid-related bills and sent them to the full House for consideration. In the Senate, meanwhile, a separate opioids package includes more than 40 proposals. A Senate committee cleared the package in April, and it is now awaiting a vote on the floor.