Thursday, April 19, 2018

McConnell files bill to better inform doctors and pregnant women about alternatives to opioids, boost grant money for it

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky introduced a bill Thursday to require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop educational materials to give doctors and expecting mothers better information about alternatives to opioids, and to authorize more money for a competitive federal grant to help organizations address that aspect of the opioid epidemic.

The Louisville Republican said in a floor speech that the would-be Protecting Moms and Infants Act “continues our years-long efforts to protect the most vulnerable. . . . Medical professionals, law enforcement officials and many others across Kentucky are working every day to bring an end to the misery of the opioid epidemic. This legislation will continue that fight.” 

McConnell said Second District U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, is sponsoring companion legislation in the House.

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