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Congressman touts measures to tackle opioid epidemic

July 10, 2018
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U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., speaks during a talk about opioid addiction at the Express Scripts mail-order pharmacy, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Florence, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

FLORENCE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey congressman says tackling the opioid epidemic will require a coordinated effort from public and private sectors.

The (Cherry Hill) Courier-Post reports that Republican U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur invited affected families to share their stories during an event at a mail-order pharmacy Tuesday.

MacArthur said the U.S. House recently approved and sent to the U.S. Senate a package of 50 bills including measures aimed at allowing Medicaid funding for treatment and clamping down on fraudulent prescriptions. Some of the measures target the powerful opioid fentanyl.

MacArthur said he expects to propose another bill that would allow the federal government to aggregate opioid prescription data across the country, making it harder for users to obtain prescriptions from multiple doctors and pharmacies across state lines.

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This story has been corrected to note dateline is Florence, N.J. rather than Florence, Pa.

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