Speech to Text for Opioid Crisis Response Act Passes Senate
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abuse continues. take a look at these new numbers... according to the centers for disease control and prevention from march 2017 to march 2018 more than 71?thousand people died from drug related overdoses. that's a five percent (increase from the year before. in a 99 to 1 vote, the u?s senate has passed the "opioid crisis response act of 2018". it would help stop illegal drugs from crossing the border ? establish recovery centers nationwide ? and support children exposed to opioid abuse. u?s senator tina smith says one aspect of the bill requires the u? s postal service to update it's facilities to allow real? time communication with the department of homeland security about the origin and destination of "we know that a lot of illegal drugs, especially fentynal, comes into the country through the mail, so part of this bill is the stop act, which will secure that so we don't see as much coming in. it's a very important part of the bill." now, the house and senate will have to come to a compromise on the legislation and pass it. senator smith is hopeful that will happen in the next month. tonight on kimt news 3 at 10 we'll tell you how the bill would help kids exposed to