U.S. Sen. Angus King has signed on to legislation that would impose a penny-per-milligram tax on medications that include opioids.
He says the money would be dedicated to treatment programs.
King says the recently passed Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act has no funding, and it’s needed.
“That’s like sending the fire department to a fire and not give them any water. We’ll give you your water in October. That’s doesn’t do any good for the people that are dying today,” he says.