Shaheen announces broad legislation to address addiction

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen/File

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) The U.S. would spend $63 billion over 10 years to combat addiction beyond the opioid epidemic under legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Shaheen, a Democrat, outlined her proposal Friday at a news conference with recovery center workers, health care providers and advocates. She says substance use disorders claim 70,000 lives a year nationally at a cost of $500 billion to the economy. Congress recently authorized $6 billion to respond to the opioid crisis, but Shaheen says providers and others need more flexibility in how they spend it.

Her legislation focuses on that flexibility, as well as funding for prevention programs and efforts to address workforce challenges in the treatment industry.

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