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Bipartisan Opioid Bill Contains Contributions From Florida Senators

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Florida’s U-S Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson have added a bipartisan proposal to a nationwide opioid bill that could go before the Senate.

The U.S. Senate Help, Education, Labor and Pensions committee is considering a bipartisan bill taking aim at the nation’s opioid epidemic. The bill contains 40 proposals. Among them is a bipartisan effort by Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio.  

The proposal would improve the quality of care for newborn children who suffer from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS.

NAS is the effect of opioid withdrawal, which newborns experience if mothers use opioids during pregnancy.

The proposal would provide states with additional funding to research and treat the syndrome.

Andrew Quintana is a senior at Florida State University pursuing degrees in Communication Studies and Editing, Writing, & Media. Before entering WFSU's newsroom, Andrew worked with V89 Radio's News and Continuity department and interned as a staff writer for Haute Living Magazine. He enjoys Razzie nominated films and collects vinyls that are perfect for ultimate frisbee. Follow Andrew Quintana on Twitter: @AndrewLQuintana