Delaware Lawmakers Consider Opioid Tax
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers have re-introduced legislation imposing a new tax on drug manufacturers who sell opioid pain-killers in Delaware.
The bill introduced Tuesday is similar to a measure that was introduced last year but failed to get a floor vote.
The legislation would impose a per-pill tax on prescription opioids ranging from a few cents to a dollar or more, based on their strength and whether they are brand-name or generic.
The tax would be used to create a fund for drug treatment programs and research.
Officials estimate that the tax would raise about $8 million over three years.
Meanwhile, Delaware and several other states are suing opioid manufacturers for allegedly misleading doctors and consumers about the dangers of their products.