Amid fallout, lawmakers scramble to repeal Marino’s opioid bill

October 17, 2017 GMT

By Staff

This July, in Rep. Tom Marino’s Northeastern Pennsylvania district, 51 people overdosed on a bad batch of heroin over the course of 48 hours.

Lycoming and Tioga Counties, where the overdoses hit, are like so many other rural communities in the country: increasingly ravaged by an opioid addiction epidemic fueled by the overprescription of pain pills. In Wellsboro, Pa. — the Tioga County seat, in the middle of the Republican congressman’s district — overdose patients filled half of the 16 beds in the local emergency room.

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