United States Senator Bill Cassidy talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the anti-opioid abuse package that President Donald Trump will sign Wednesday.

Cassidy, a long-time backer of the expansion of treatment options for those addicted, had sponsored the Opioid Crisis Response Act, bipartisan legislation he introduced to ramp up the fight against the opioid epidemic.

From reuters.com:

Medical treatment would be more widely available to opioid abusers, while mailing illicit drugs would become more difficult under a rare bipartisan measure aimed at tackling the nation’s addiction crisis expected to be signed into law on Wednesday by U.S. President Donald Trump.


The legislation expands access to substance abuse treatment in Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor and disabled; cracks down on mailed shipments of illicit drugs such as fentanyl, a synthetic opioid far more powerful than heroin; and provides a host of new federal grants to address the crisis.

Senator Cassidy will be among lawmakers on hand in the Oval Office as President Trump signs the bill on Wednesday.

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