Article from The Daily Caller by Autumn Price.

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s amendment to raise the cap of physician treatment of patients struggling with opioid addiction.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 115 Americans die daily from opioid addiction. Opioids include certain prescription drugs and heroin.

Paul’s amendment to S.2680, the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, will increase the cap on the number of patients a doctor can prescribe medication to treat opioid addiction. The new cap will allow more patients to be treated with buprenorphine, a prescription drug used to treat opioid addiction.

Paul, a physician by trade, says the act will help ensure that more Americans battling opioid addiction can receive the medical treatment they desperately need.

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