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Legislators At Work On Opioid Treatment

September 13th, 2017 - 10:30 am

Olympia – 24th District State Representative Mike Chapman is sponsoring legislation to deal with opioid treatment in our state.

But some of the stumbling blocks have to do with the treatment for those who are opioid dependent due to prescriptions that were legitimately provided to treat pain as well as those who have become addicted due to illegal drug use.

How to pay for increased programs is also a big part of the puzzle.

Chapman says the opioid epidemic needs to be addressed.

When it comes to providing treatment programs, funding will always be an issue. Chapman spoke to this concern.

A regulated approach to opioid abuse and treatment is still in its infancy here in Washington. Chapman provided some insight on a time table for such legislation.

The legislature will officially re-convene on January 8th. During this interim period, legislatures continue to work on committees and other political responsibilities until they officially reconvene for business.


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