Proposed tax on opioids bill moves ahead

DOVER, Del. – A bill requiring drug manufacturers that sell opioid painkillers in Delaware to pay a new tax is now making its way to Governor John Carney for final approval.

Senate Bill 34 crossfiled with Senate Amendment One is expected to support substance abuse prevention and treatment.

The bill cleared the house on a 33 to 8 vote on Thursday after passing the senate last month. The tax would be used to create a fund for drug treatment and substance abuse prevention programs.

“More funding will also help us reach the community because the education alone can be detrimental to treatment so this way can allow people to better understand the disease,” said Colleen McIntosh, a counselor at Savida Health in Dover.

State officials said the tax would raise about 8 million dollars over the next three years.

Categories: Delaware, Opioid Crisis