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Delaware Considers Opioid Fee

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Delaware could impose a fee on drug manufacturers to help pay for treatment of drug problems like addiction.

WBOC reports that the measure would impose a one cent per morphine milligram equivalent.

State officials believe the fee could have generated around $9 million last year.

But the proposed legislation would bar the drug companies from passing that cost onto consumers.

The television station reports that some pharmacists are concerned that they might wind up paying for the increased prices.

A state Senate panel has held a hearing on the proposal but no floor has been scheduled.

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.