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Rubio backs bill to curb drug abuse

Feb 12, 2016 | News

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is signing on to a bill to combat drug abuse as the issue has spilled over into the 2016 election. 
The Florida Republican, who is running for president, said Monday that he is supporting a bipartisan bill from Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) that would expand treatment and prevention efforts aimed at curbing prescription drug and heroin abuse.
“It’s important to ensure that proper treatment services are there for those who are seeking help or who have fallen through the cracks, and this bill will help them get the care they deserve,” Rubio said.
Rubio’s support for the legislation comes as the issue has gained prominence in the 2016 presidential election particularly in New Hampshire, which has its primary on Tuesday. The Florida senator took third place in the Iowa caucuses and has been hoping for at least a second-place showing in the early-voting state.

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