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Anti-Opioid Effort Will Not Be Effective Until Implementation of Broader Effort

A big anti-opioid push could be a politically viable step to take on the opioid overdose epidemic, but the effort will not be effective unless it is part of a broader effort of social and...
Posted on Apr 04, 2017
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Allowing Imported Drugs Could Be Dangerous

Some members of Congress want to open up the pharmaceutical market to imported medicines, ignoring the potential outcome Maine faced when it did the same thing four years ago. In 2013, Maine...
Posted on Mar 01, 2017
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Proposed Legislation Would Help Terminal Patients Get Past the FDA Blockade

Sen. Ron Johnson recently introduced “right-to-try” legislation, which allows a terminal patient to ask a drug maker to provide a treatment that hasn’t won U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...
Posted on Feb 27, 2017
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Access to Treatment for Substance Use Disorders Critical for Pregnant Women

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that access to treatment for substance use disorders is vital for pregnant women because such treatment could...
Posted on Jan 31, 2017
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An ACA Repeal Could Worsen the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Access to treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) has greatly improved under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with millions of people gaining insurance coverage for behavioral health and other...
Posted on Jan 30, 2017
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Pain Patients Suffer While Providers Disagree on How to Treat Chronic Pain

Health care providers have yet to reach a consensus on how to best treat patients with chronic pain in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. While some providers focus on patients’ legitimate...
Posted on Jan 30, 2017
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Perhaps Treat an Opioid Overdose as You Would a Heart Attack

In the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic, states have expanded access to naloxone, the medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. However, historically, emergency responders...
Posted on Jan 23, 2017
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What should the Pres.-elect Look for in a New CDC Director?

President-elect Trump’s new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director must balance the need for high-quality care for individuals with pain with reducing the opioid overdose...
Posted on Jan 13, 2017
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Gingrich and Kennedy Believe Congress Still Has Time

Before the new Congress convenes in January, 2,500 people will die from an opioid overdose. Gingrich and Kennedy claim that more than half will be preventable and that now is the time for an...
Posted on Dec 02, 2016
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