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Cutting Medicaid Funding In Midst Of Opioid Crisis Would Be ‘Catastrophic,’ Advocates Warn

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“It would essentially write off a generation,” said Dr. Shawn Ryan, president of BrightView Health, a network of drug treatment clinics in Cincinnati. In other news on the opioid crisis, Missouri becomes the latest state to file suit against drugmaker Purdue Pharma, one in four people on Medicaid received opioids in 2015, and a county reveals its plan to curtail the epidemic.

The One-Paragraph Letter That Helped Shape The Opioid Epidemic

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A letter, published in a 1980 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, has been twisted and misrepresented by the makers of painkillers to prove their products are not addictive. In other news, researchers look at why treating opioid addiction can be complicated and the American Medical Association backs supervised injection sites.

A ‘Safe’ Space To Shoot Up: Worth A Try?

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A bill pending in the state legislature could make the Golden State the first in the U.S. to open establishments where intravenous drug users can shoot up under medical supervision. Proponents say that would save lives.

With Hundreds Dying Each Week, A Panel To Study Opioid Crisis Is Just Waste Of Time, Experts Say

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President Donald Trump’s special commission will hold its first meeting Friday, but experts say it’s not necessary. “What we need is an enormous federal investment in expanding access to addiction treatment, and for the different federal agencies that have a piece of this problem to be working in a coordinated fashion,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, of Brandeis University.