According to the CDC, more than 40 people in the U.S. die from an overdose of prescription painkillers every day. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says drug overdose deaths doubled from 2004 to 2013.
That's why Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) said she introduced an amendment to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Her amendment would have provided about $1.1 billion in additional funding to address prescription opioid and heroin use, but it didn't receive a vote.
Baldwin said she also supported an amendment that would have supplied $600 million in emergency funding, but it was blocked.
Sen. Baldwin hopes new legislation she recently introduced will address the heroin and opioid addiction crisis from prevention to recovery.
"Prevention not only addresses the potential use of the these drugs, but also the potential prescriber of these drugs. Beyond prevention, our bill focuses on crisis intervention, and the need for first responders to have an antidote that can literally reverse the symptoms of an overdose," Sen. Baldwin continued, "Our bill looks at treatment programs and recovery. Understanding that when you've tackled an addiction, recovery is a life long process, and you need community support to stay sober and clean after receiving treatment."
The Senate will vote of CARA Thursday.