Joint congressional committee discusses legislation to fight drug abuse

Richland to hold public forum on addiction

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - On Wednesday, a joint committee chaired by Michigan Congressman Fred Upton discussed legislation to fight drug abuse.

The representative from St. Joe says the bill should attack addiction from all angles.

From treatment to prescriptions to delivery, President Obama wants a $1 billion natinal program giving states money to fight the epidemic.

If that plan passes, Michigan would be eligible for up to $28 million over two years to expand access to treatment.

So far, republican senators have blocked emergency funding for the opioid and heroin epidemic.

Some democrats say even a weak bill is worth passing.

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