By Cape Cod Times

A bill in Congress — modeled on federal funding for the HIV and AIDS epidemic three decades ago — proposes to spend $100 billion over 10 years to radically alter the path of the opioid crisis — with at least $2.7 million a year for Cape Cod.

“We are losing people every single day,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., co-sponsor of the bill introduced Thursday, told the more than 200 people gathered Saturday at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School.

Warren and three panelists — state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro; Duffy Health Center Chief Executive Officer Heidi Nelson; and Parents Supporting Parents founder Lisa Murphy — used a question-and-answer format for the public “community conversation.”.

An average of 115 people die in opioid-related deaths each day in the U.S. — equivalent to one deadly plane crash a day, Warren said, and in 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids was five times higher than in 1999.

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