Kane supporting federal proposal to curb drug addiction

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Sep 30, 2015 3:28 AM

(Harrisburg) -- State Attorney General Kathleen Kane is pushing Congress to pass a law aimed at developing solutions to the drug addiction crisis that's hitting Pennsylvania, Maryland, and several other states.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act could spur changes in how painkillers are prescribed, and allow states to develop programs to get inmates clean, and expand treatment courts.

Kane is joining attorneys general from 36 states and the District of Columbia in advocating for the proposal.

In Pennsylvania in 2014, at least twice as many people died from drug overdoses compared to car accidents.

Drug overdoses were also the top killer for people ages 25 to 44 the previous year.

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