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Sense aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic in rural areas. A bill by John Ossoff and Chuck Grassley passed the Senate unanimously Thursday night, as overdose deaths in the United States hit a record high.

The bill would create a pilot program specifically dedicated to fighting opioids in rural communities, which are particularly hard hit by the crisis.


Ossoff, Grassley advance bill to fight opioid epidemic in rural areas

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Osoff, D-Ga., said after the bill was passed, “With today’s passage of my bipartisan bill to reduce opioid addiction, overdoses, and deaths, the Senate proved that Democrats and Republicans still have work to do. can work together.”

“Thank you @ChuckGrassley for the teamwork,” he said in a tweet.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks during the testimony of Supreme Court Designated Justice Amy Connie Barrett on October 14, 2020 in Washington.  The Senate on Wednesday passed a Grassley-backed bill to fight the opioid crisis in rural areas.  (Photo by Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

According to the CDC, the US saw more than 100,000 drug overdose deaths between April 2020 and April 2021, of which 75,673 were from opioids. This is a 35% increase in opioid overdose deaths from the past 12-month period.

Reps. Connor Lamb, D-Pa., and Randy Fenstra, R-Iowa, fellows in the House support the bill. It is not clear when the lower house will accept the bill.