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Schools Updating Anti-Drug Messaging In Light Of Opioid Crisis

KHN Morning Briefing

The messaging will begin as early as kindergarten. In other news on the epidemic, Seattle approves sites for people to safely use illegal drugs, the crisis hits close to home for one state prosecutor and a company that makes a device to inject anti-overdose medication gets heat over its pricing.

Medicare Agrees To Cover New Tiny Heart Pacemakers

KHN Morning Briefing

Medtronic’s Micra pacemaker is less than 10 percent of the size of a regular pacemaker and is implanted directly in the heart, rather than under skin in the chest. Medicare says it will cover the pacemakers if the use is part of a well-designed study by Medtronic to gather data over a long period of time. Also, federal officials penalize a Minnesota hospital after a 13-year-old who had attempted suicide was able to escape from a psychiatric ward.

New Message For ER Docs: Prescribe Opioids Only As Last Resort

KHN Morning Briefing

Medical personnel at hospitals around the country are now being retrained to resist prescribing strong narcotics. In other news on the drug epidemic, The Washington Post reports on the hunt for a painkiller that is not addictive.

DEA Falls Short In Answering Opioid Enforcement Questions, Senators Say

KHN Morning Briefing

A Washington Post report shows that beginning in 2013, DEA lawyers at headquarters started to delay and block enforcement efforts against large opioid distributors and others, requiring investigators in the field to meet a higher burden of proof before they could take action. In other news, a Stat reporter goes behind the scenes at a DEA drug lab, an opioid maker settles a lawsuit over aggressive marketing and the medical license of a doctor known as the “Candy Man” is permanently suspended.