Sen. Warren Promotes Opioid Bill At Cape Cod Forum

HARWICH – Senator Elizabeth Warren is promoting a federal bill that could alter the devastation of the opioid crisis.

Warren is the a co-sponsor of the $100 billion spending plan and discussed the details Saturday to a crowd of more than 200 at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich.

At least $2.7 million a year would support outreach and treatment programs on Cape Cod if the bill passes.

Warren also met with Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe leaders Saturday to talk about how the epidemic has influenced their community.

The Democrat said an average 115 people die in opioid-related deaths each day in the U.S., and that her bill is modeled after the Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990 because of the stigma tied to both diseases.

Warren has joined with Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland to file the legislation.

Under her proposal, Massachusetts would get around $55 million per year in state formula grants and the hardest-hit communities in Massachusetts would receive an estimated $64.5 million in annual funding.

State health officials earlier this year estimated there were 1,977 opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts in 2017.

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