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Johnson, touting opioid bill, says nephew died of overdose
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MADISON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Monday he recently lost a nephew to a heroin overdose. Johnson told reporters during a conference call that his nephew's drug problems began when he became addicted to painkillers after a sports injury and that he later turned to heroin. He made the remarks about his nephew while touting the proposed Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which would create more federal grants to fight opioid abuse, expand treatment programs and provide training to first-responders on how to administer heroin overdose antidotes such as Narcan.