Congress working overtime to fight US opiate epidemic

This U.S. Congress, like many before it, rightly deserves the snickers of a nation over its tortoise-like speed and partisan hissy fits in addressing some of the most serious public-policy quandaries facing the nation. Inaction and rancor quite often rule the day when Congress confronts critical priorities such as immigration reform, spending priorities and infrastructure needs.

But in at least one crucial domain, our legislators on Capitol Hill have been working overtime to produce and adopt a hefty grab bag of promising legislation designed to tame the monstrous opiate epidemic. In demonstrating such uncharacteristic initiative and in producing results, the first branch of government has proven it can be both responsive and productive.