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Officials to Congress: Help Needed for Overdose Fight
MedPage Today

Health officials lobbied Congress to step up its fights against opioids. The FDA pitched in, by adding a boxed warning for certain opioid products and by releasing draft guidance to help drugmakers develop safer generics.

Government health officials pressed a House committee for more resources to address the rise in overdose deaths from legal and illicit opioids at a hearing on Tuesday.

The Senate overwhelmingly passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act earlier in March, which would authorize the Attorney General to distribute grants for the treatment of opioid addiction for prisoners, increase opioid abuse prevention efforts, and expand the availability of the anti-overdose drug naloxone (Narcan).