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Local woman becomes a soldier in the fight against the opioid epidemic

Dr. Todd Graham was shot and killed last July when he refused to prescribe opioids. Now his wife is taking her fight against the addiction epidemic to Washington.

WSBT 22 spoke with her about the bill named after the doctor -- and what it could mean for Hoosiers.

The bi-partisan bill just passed in the House. It would help combat the opioid epidemic by giving more access to alternative treatments.

His wife says this is just the beginning.

On July 26, 2017, Dr. Todd Graham was shot and killed after refusing to prescribe an opioid painkiller to the shooter's wife.

His wife Julie was determined to make a change, working with Representative Jackie Walorski they created the Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management, Treatment, and Recovery Act.

The bill would provide research and options for non-opioid pain management as well as alternatives in Medicare patients.

Julie says she will keep fighting on behalf of Todd since his voice was silenced too soon.

“We have to do something, we absolutely cannot have this happen to more American families,” she said. “It continues on every day and it’s so devastating to so many families.”

In the video above, WSBT 22 Reporter Darla Hernandez takes an in-depth look at what the next steps are for Julie Graham and her family as they work to keep Dr. Graham's memory alive.

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