Delaware Senate set to vote on proposed opioid tax

ARCHIVO - Fotografía de archivo del 29 de agosto de 2018 de pastillas de oxicodona en Nueva York. (AP Foto/Mark Lennihan)

DOVER, Del. (AP) – The state Senate is set to vote on legislation imposing a new tax on drug manufacturers who sell opioid painkillers in Delaware.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday is similar to a measure that was introduced last year but failed to get a floor vote.

The legislation imposes 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. Critics say the cost will be passed on by the manufacturers to insurers, pharmacies and ultimately patients, who will end up paying more for their medicine.

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