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Senate Dem calls for prescription drug regs

Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyDemocrats introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for government discrimination Hillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals Biden signs Juneteenth bill: 'Great nations don't ignore their most painful moments' MORE (D-Mass.) is calling on federal regulators to address growing problems with prescription drug abuse.

In letters to the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services, Markey asks for the agencies to combat what he refers to as an "opioid epidemic."

Markey's policy recommendations include a series of preventative measures, treatment options, and enforcement actions intended to tackle prescription drug abuse.

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“Heroin and prescription drug addiction and overdoses often leave people and their families devastated and without hope," Markey said in a statement.

"We need to create a national, comprehensive plan to prevent more addictions, treat those who are addicted, and aid those who are trying to help addicts,” he added.

Markey is also calling for the Surgeon General to report on the state of prescription drug addiction around the country.

Markey has pushed for legislation to crack down on opioid abuse.