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A state lawmaker and advocates fighting the opioid addiction crisis in Georgia say they're hoping for more resources in the U.S. Senate's health plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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At a press conference Friday surrounded by loved ones of people who died of opioid overdoses in Georgia, state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, said the state is “in the throes” of an epidemic.

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State lawmakers worked late into the evening Tuesday, rushing to pass legislation affecting Georgians' income taxes, treatment for opioid addiction and a strategy to turn around the state's lowest performing schools.

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Tuesday marked the 39th day of the 40-day legislative session. Lawmakers plan to adjourn Thursday. The rush to pass bills before the end of the 40th day can lead to dramatic last-minute changes to legislation — either accidental or intentional amid the chaos.