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Why Isn’t Big Pharma Paying for the Harm It Caused Like Big Tobacco?

They got their claws in the opioid crisis and are milking it for all it's worth. Late last year, the Senate approved $1 billion of taxpayer money for “opioid prevention and treatment programs” as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. Yes, taxpayers are...Show More Summary

Ohio Councilman Wonders Whether City Can Stop Responding To Repeat Overdoses

An Ohio councilman has a novel approach to the opioid crisis in that state: Just stop responding to repeat overdose emergency calls. If they're so irresponsible they overdose over and over and need Narcan to be brought back from theShow More Summary

This mother voted for Trump to curb the opioid crisis. She’s not happy with how things are going

22 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Leigh Ann Wilson hoped that President Trump would improve a lot of things in her home state of West Virginia, particularly an issue close to her heart: expanding treatment for people addicted to opioids. Wilson lost her daughter, 21-year-old Taylor, to an opioid overdose last year. Weeks later, she...

The Senate healthcare bill mentions the opioid crisis only once — but its effects could be devastating

Senate Republican leadership on Thursday released a draft of its long-awaited healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The bill contained only one mention of the ongoing opioid crisis: It appropriates $2 billion for...Show More Summary

Two GOP senators wanted $45 billion in health care bill to battle opioid crisis. They got $2 billion

The health care bill unveiled by Senate Republicans on Thursday includes funding to help tackle the nation’s opioid crisis — but dramatically less than the amount sought by two GOP senators and recovery advocates. Continue reading ? The post Two GOP senators wanted $45 billion in health care bill to battle opioid crisis. They got $2 billion appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

High hopes ride on marijuana painkillers amid opioid crisis

(Reuters) - A handful of drugmakers are taking their first steps toward developing marijuana-based painkillers, alternatives to opioids that have led to widespread abuse and caused the U.S. health regulator to ask for a withdrawal of a popular drug this month.

The opioid crisis changed how doctors think about pain - Vox

WILLIAMSON, West Virginia — This town on the eastern border of Kentucky has 3,150 residents, one hotel, one gas station, one fire station — and about 50 opiate overdoses each month. On the first weekend of each month, when public benefits...Show More Summary

The Senate Health Bill Is a Disaster for the Opioid Crisis

Capping Medicaid is very bad news for the 2.5 million Americans struggling with an opioid addiction.

Summer Reading

Summer is here, and so is the new summer issue of National Affairs. It’s filled with thoughtful, timely essays on policy and political thought, from Sally Satel on how to understand the opioid crisis to Andy Smarick on how educationShow More Summary

GOP health bill is a disaster for opioid crisis

4 days agoNews : USAToday: News

We're about to lose the tools Obamacare gave us to fight this epidemic.        

The Opioid Crisis In Black And White

On March 29, 2017, the mood at the White House was somber when #45 Trump signed an executive order establishing a commission charged with making recommendations on dealing with the Opioid crisis. At the signing, all the talk by Trump...Show More Summary

GOP ‘Moderates’ Worry Gutting Medicaid During a Public Health Crisis Might Have Some Downsides

Some Senate Republicans are realizing that there’s a tension between solving the opioid epidemic and throwing millions of people off health insurance.

‘He’s their mother’: Psychoanalyst explains why Trump’s supporters are like children of an abused parent

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

President Donald Trump looked into the faces of coal miners and lied about bringing their jobs back. His promise to stop the opioid crisis has turned into proposed cuts to funding for rehab and methadone clinics. Instead of giving an extra bit of help to rural America, Trump’s budget proposes...

Chris Christie’s Opioid Commission and the Future of the A.C.A.

Margaret Talbot on the commission, formed by Trump and chaired by Chris Christie, to address the opioid-addiction crisis.

Rise In Hospital Visits For Opioids Spotlight The Epidemic

6 days agoNews : Huffington Post

The latest government numbers on opioid-related hospitalizations paint a picture of a country in a drug-related crisis. Between 2005 to 2014, emergency room visits stemming from opioid use rose 99 percent and inpatient stays jumped 64...Show More Summary

Chris Christie silently steers Trump’s new opioid commission into a ditch

6 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The new commission charged with finding solutions for the opioid crisis — formed by President Trump, and chaired by Gov. Christie — was a few minutes into its first hearing Friday, when one member reminded the panel what time it is. It is high noon: “We’re kidding ourselves...

Opioid Crisis Leads to Abuse of an Unusual Suspect: Antidiarrheal Medication

With the opioid epidemic growing, some people are turning to an unusual and very dangerous alternative: taking massive doses of a common antidiarrheal drug called loperamide, often sold over the counter under the brand name Imodium.

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