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New opioid initiative stuck in legislative gridlock

May 16, 2019 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

A partisan clash over fees on drugmakers is threatening to derail a proposal to raise $20 million a year to fight opioid addiction in Minnesota, with just days remaining for state lawmakers to reach a deal before Monday's deadline to adjourn for the year.

Long-sought legislation to raise fees on prescription drug companies and distributors passed the DFL-controlled House and the Republican-majority Senate earlier this spring with broad, bipartisan support. But in recent weeks, negotiations...