The House plans to bring up a collection of bills to combat opioid abuse next month instead of considering a major bill that the Senate approved, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday.

McCarthy laid out the plans for the House bills in an op-ed Thursday in the Independent Journal Review.

"The House's goal is simple," McCarthy wrote. "We want to build on efforts to prevent addiction and treat those suffering, crafting legislation that will gather bipartisan support and get signed into law."

The plan appears to eschew taking up the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act that passed the Senate 94-1 last month, instead opting for the House to create its own package.

A key co-sponsor of the Senate bill, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, has been advocating for the House to take up the bill.

McCarthy highlighted several bills that improve treatment and prevention of opioid addiction and create better guidance for doctors to follow when prescribing opioid medications.

None of the proposals outlined by McCarthy addresses expanding the use of the overdose antidote naloxone, a key provision in the Senate bill.

The announcement comes roughly a week after President Obama introduced new federal measures and funding to combat opioid addiction. Among the proposals is new guidance from the federal government on how to manage needle exchange programs and new regulations intended to enable doctors to prescribe the addiction treatment buprenorphine to more patients.

Obama asked for about $1 billion in his latest budget to help fight opioid addiction.