High drug prices collide with efforts to stop overdoses


Congress has made a bipartisan commitment to curb the number of deaths from the opioid epidemic, but lawmakers may need to wade into a controversial area if they want to succeed: high drug prices.

Advocates have been clamoring for congressional action to help local agencies deal with the high price of an overdose antidote. The pleas come at a time when more Americans are becoming concerned about the prices of prescription drugs.

Naloxone is a generic drug that has been around for decades and can save people who are in the throes of a drug overdose. Local governments across the country have been pursuing programs to increase use of the drug as overdoses have soared.

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