After several hours of debate Monday, the Minnesota House, on a vote of 94-34, passed a bill to combat the opioid epidemic in Minnesota.

“By passing this bill today, House DLFers are sending a message of hope to these communities and to the families impacted that we can work together to prevent future tragedies,” said Democratic Representative Liz Olson from Duluth.

Olson authored the bill alongside Republican Representative Dave Baker of Willmar, who lost his son to an opioid overdose.

The bill would create an advisory council to make recommendations concerning ways to end the crisis and it also places a fee on pharmaceutical companies.