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“Somehow they believe their knowledge is going to be more powerful than addiction,” said Dr. Marvin Seppala, an addiction expert. Meanwhile, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is looking to tap unlikely sources as allies in the battle against opioids: benefit payers and insurance administrators.
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,
Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.
A decade ago, city officials realized they had to take action, and they turned the numbers around. Stateline looks at how they did it. In other public health news: a breakthrough on cancer, mental illness, female homicide victims, antibiotics and birth defects, heart health and more.
The online forum does not allow users to solicit illegal substances, but those seeking opioids find ways to get around those rules. On the other hand, the forums help some form a community to help get them through the difficult process of getting and staying sober.
Gov. Eric Greitens’ order to create a registry in Missouri — the last state to have one — does not allow doctors to see if a patient has already been prescribed an opioid. Some lawmakers say more legislative action is needed. In other news on the national drug epidemic, Ohio’s board on workers’ compensation wants fewer opioids prescribed for back pain. And a Kansas City doctor is under investigation for prescriber kickbacks and insurer fraud.
And other public health stories from today’s news cover depression, obesity and substance abuse driving up death rates, weight loss, AIDS and the world’s youngest double hand-transplant recipient.
A $20 million study will try to figure out if “life hacks” — like more exercise — can have an effect on protecting from dementia.
One in 5 heart attack patients suffers from severe depression, yet many get little or no treatment that could ease their suffering or save their lives.
In other news on the epidemic: a 10-year-old Florida boy dies with heroin and fentanyl in his system; new research looks at how drugs impact each person differently; and an Ohio treatment center works to end the overdose cycle.
Opinion writers offer their thoughts on a range of health issues.
Media outlets report on news from D.C., Massachusetts, Kansas, Iowa, New Hampshire, California, Ohio, Colorado and Michigan.
Republican Gov. Eric Greitens surprises state lawmakers with is executive order creating a drug monitoring program. News outlets also cover efforts in Wisconsin and Massachusetts to combat the opioid epidemic.
Media outlets report on news from Minnesota, Massachusetts, Georgia, Missouri, California, Ohio, Michigan, Texas and Florida.
Each week, KHN’s Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.
Media outlets report on news from California, Colorado, Maryland, Illinois, Florida, Missouri, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Ohio.
Researchers found that the way children search out social experiences is connected to genetics. In other public health news: prostate cancer, Zika, food safety and diets, deadly infections and more.
Two former sales reps pleaded guilty to violating the federal anti-kickback law in bribing doctors to prescribe Subsys. A look at the case shows how companies can get doctors to do their bidding.
Brenda Fitzgerald chose to partner with Coke in an effort to fight obesity, a move that raises some eyebrows. “We hope Dr. Fitzgerald, as head of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, avoids partnering with Coke on obesity for the same reason she would avoid partnering with the tobacco industry on lung cancer prevention,” said Jim O’Hara of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Peer support, well-known in addiction treatment, is gaining ground for people with serious mental illness. Texas and 35 other states are training and paying peer support specialists to help bridge a gap in mental health treatment.