Opioid Tablets

This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

The Delaware Senate has passed a measure that lawmakers hope will help in the fight against drug abuse in the state. 

Senators voted 17-4 for a new tax on opioids on Tuesday. The tax applies to prescription opioids and could range from a few cents to a dollar or more per-pill.

Some groups are strongly opposed to the measure, like the National Taxpayers Union. They told WBOC it was the wrong approach and could wind up hurting consumers with increased medical costs. 

The bill is now heading to the state house.

Could a tax really help in the fight against opioids in Delaware?

(I don't think we as a country have ever taxed our way out of any problem at all.)

Rob Sussman is the Delaware 105.9 Afternoon host. Listen to him from 3-6 pm weekdays!