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The bill is an amalgam of more than a dozen proposals passed through the year in the House and Senate. And while it has lots of new policies and provisions — from creating a task force to study how best to treat pain, to encouraging states to createprescription drug monitoring programs — it doesn’t have much money to put them in place.

President Barack Obama had requested $1.1 billion to help pay for more addiction treatment programs and other initiatives. But the version agreed to by House and Senate Republicans last week didn’t include all that money. In the end, it will probably get only about half that much.

“It’s clear that efforts to prevent and treat the opioid epidemic will fall short without additional investments,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, said in a statement after House and Senate negotiators hammered out the final bill.

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