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Sen. Wyden part of local committee creating opioid bill

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As members of the House and Senate prepare to work on a bill dealing with opioids, Oregon's Senator Ron Wyden and the CEO of Lines for Life met with families affected by the crisis.

Sen. Wyden is apart of a committee that is working on creating a bill to deal with what lawmakers are calling a public health crisis.

On Friday, Wyden met with families and opioid experts to get input before meeting with other lawmakers.

One woman who spoke at the meeting lost her husband to an opioid overdose last year.

"His overdose was not the normal drug use. It was prescription medication he was given from doctors for pain. And they're just handed out like candy. And I don't want anyone to go through what we've had to go through," said Amy Walcott.

Walcott added that she hopes Congress is able to create a bill that gives more funding to dealing with opioid abuse.

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