KHN Morning Briefing

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Governors Press Federal Officials For More Money, Action To Combat Opioid Abuse

The nation's governors are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week and are pointing to the epidemic of opioid abuse and heroin addiction as straining their state resources. News organizations also report on local efforts to combat drug abuse in Maryland, New York and California.

The Associated Press: The City May Allow Legal, Supervised Heroin Injections
The mayor of Ithaca wants his city in upstate New York to host the nation's first supervised injection facility, enabling heroin users to shoot illegal drugs into their bodies under the care of a nurse without getting arrested by police. Canada, Europe and Australia are working to reduce overdose deaths with these facilities, but in the United States, even the idea of creating a supervised injection site faces significant legal and political challenges. (2/22)

Los Angeles Times: Orange County Just Launched Its First Clean-Needle Exchange
A year ago, a group of UC Irvine medical students realized that Orange County was missing what they considered an important public health service that every major city in California had access to: a clean-needle exchange program. So they decided to do something about it. The students organized with partners across the region and submitted a plan to the California Department of Public Health. The agency rejected the plan last summer, noting a lack of community support and funding for a program. (Kandil, 2/23)

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