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Experts Fear That GOP Health Plan Could Harm Addiction Services Now Covered By Medicaid

KHN Morning Briefing

In other news on the substance abuse crisis, two federal advisory panels take steps that could lead to a ban on Opana, a reformulated opioid billed as crush resistant, making it harder to snort. But instead people are injecting the drug, leading to fatal overdoses and the spread of HIV. And, The New York Times reports that teen drug use is down.

City Sues OxyContin-Maker For Allegedly Allowing Drug To Funnel To Black Market

KHN Morning Briefing

In the lawsuit in federal court, Everett, Wash., officials are seeking to hold Purdue Pharma liable for “supplying OxyContin to obviously suspicious pharmacies and physicians and enabling the illegal diversion of OxyContin into the black market.” In other news on nation’s opioid epidemic, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledges increased funding and resources to fight the growing number of overdoses.

Surge In Fatal Overdoses Overwhelms West Virginia’s Burial Program

KHN Morning Briefing

In other news on the nation’s opioid epidemic, a New Hampshire hospital sees benefits after telling surgeons to cut back on prescribing painkillers, dentists in New Jersey also curb the use of opioids and an Ohio coroner works to fight the state’s heroin crisis.

Facebook To Bolster Its Suicide Prevention Tools

KHN Morning Briefing

In response to recent episodes in which deeply troubling moments play out in real time, this social media platform hopes to play a role in curbing suicide attempts.

Administration’s Pace In Filling Top Jobs Slows Regulatory Roll-Back Efforts

KHN Morning Briefing

Also in the news, President Donald Trump’s nomination to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says she will recuse herself from mental health policy decisions because of her husband’s child psychiatry practice. Meanwhile, fallout from the travel ban snags some physician rural recruitment efforts.

‘Unique Threat Of Fentanyl’ Has Lawmakers Seeking Answers From Nation’s Drug Czar

KHN Morning Briefing

The powerful opioid is responsible for nearly 20 percent of fatal overdoses, and lawmakers want assurance that the federal government recognizes the lethal threat. In other news on the crisis, researchers try to understand why there are so many relapses when it comes to opioid addiction, Virginia’s governor takes steps to address the problem, lawmakers ask for an investigation into a rash of overdoses at Connecticut “sober homes” and hundreds rally to support preserving substance abuse treatment.