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Mental Health ‘Czar’ Nominee Renews Debate Between Community And Hospital Care Models

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Those on the medical side seek more hospital beds and involuntary drug treatment for people in need but the other side suggest medical treatment alone is not enough. Also, the Veterans Affairs secretary tells a House hearing that the VA wants to begin offering mental health services to former service members with less-than-honorable discharges.

Proposed Gutting Of Drug Czar’s Funding Rolled Back To Just Trims After Vocal Outcry

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A draft of the president’s budget had shown a proposed 95 percent cut to the office in the middle of an opioid epidemic. But the released plan walks that back. Meanwhile, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is calling on his staff to increase efforts to fight the crisis sweeping the country.

On Heels Of Opioid Crisis, Officials See Early Warning Signs That Meth Will Be Next Epidemic

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Officials say a methamphetamine crisis could reach even further than the current opioid epidemic. In related news, senators introduce a bill to modify rules about Medicaid money and substance abuse treatment centers, Aetna is sending letters to dentists and oral surgeons who are “superprescribers,” and more out of the states.

Test Strips Allow People Using Opioids To Test Their Supply For Fentanyl

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The synthetic drug is extremely powerful and is contributing to the high number of overdoses across the country. These kits could help people determine if what they are about to take is stronger than they thought it was. Meanwhile, IBM and MAP Health Management are teaming up to create software to help identify and treat addiction.