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Most Effective Opioid Addiction Treatment Banned From Majority Of Jails

KHN Morning Briefing

Much of the criminal justice system still takes a punitive approach to addiction. Many who work in corrections believe, incorrectly, that treatments like methadone, itself an opioid, allow inmates to get high and simply replace one addiction with another. In other news on the crisis: driving under the influence; answers about the epidemic; how health law repeal would hurt those fighting addiction; and more.

Prosecutors To Be Deployed To Cities Ravaged By Opioid Epidemic To Crack Down On Fraud, Scams

KHN Morning Briefing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the prosecutors will try to root out pill mills and track down doctors and other health care providers who illegally prescribe or distribute narcotics such as fentanyl and other powerful painkillers. Meanwhile, a review of studies shows that most patients have leftover painkillers after a surgery, which may be contributing to the abuse and misuse of the drugs.

Trump Urged To Declare National Emergency Over Opioid Epidemic

KHN Morning Briefing

“With approximately 142 Americans dying every day,” notes the report from the president’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, “America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.”

Refusal To Prescribe Opioids May Have Fueled Motive In Murder Of Indiana Doctor

KHN Morning Briefing

A man shot a doctor who refused to write a prescription for his wife, who has chronic pain, before killing himself. Police are still investigating. In other news on the national drug epidemic, Chicago is handing out overdose antidotes to at-risk inmates upon release, Philadelphia aims to clean up and shut down a notorious heroin camp and Ohio doctors are working to cut down on painkiller prescriptions.

Prominent Psychiatry Group Relaxes Stance On Speaking About Mental Health Of Public Figures

KHN Morning Briefing

The rule against psychiatrists offering their analysis of behaviors, such as ones exhibited by the president, robs the public “of our professional judgment and prevents us from communicating our understanding” of the president’s mental state, one psychiatrist said. In other public health news: the next revolution in HIV treatment, Zika testing, ticks and disease, dental services, pollution and more.

Opioid Treatment Funds In Senate Bill Would Fall Far Short Of Needs

KHN Original

The $45 billion for opioid treatment in the Senate bill sounds like a lot of money, but an advocate estimates it would provide $1,000 to $2,000 per year for each person in Pennsylvania who might need treatment. Meanwhile, one year of methadone treatment for opioid addiction costs about $4,700 per year,