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Prison Hopes Drug That Creates ‘Force Field Around The Part Of Your Brain That Likes Heroin’ Will Help Inmates

KHN Morning Briefing

Vivitrol is a monthly shot that acts like an opioid vaccine, and officials want to use it to break the pattern where those with an addiction are jailed, get clean, get released, then use again and end up back where they started. In other news: drug deaths are on the rise, New York creates a task force to address the crisis, chronic pain patients are at the other side of the national crackdown on opioids and more.

Recovery Coaches Tap Into Own Experience To Help Those With Opioid Addictions

KHN Morning Briefing

Several states are implementing programs centered around counselors who have been through the experience themselves. “My job is to open myself up and be like a toolbox for them,” Tarik Arafat says. In other news, a son’s final letter to his parents reveals the painful struggle of getting sober, and Ohio’s lieutenant governor talks about how the epidemic has hit close to home for him.

Dentists In Unique Position To Identify Domestic Abuse, Activist Group Says

KHN Morning Briefing

One survey of domestic abuse victims found that over half had visited a dentist when signs of abuse were present, but nearly 90 percent of those individuals weren’t asked about their injuries. An activist group is pushing to get dentists more training so they can better recognize those signs. In other public health news: health disparities between transgender and cisgender Americans, gene editing, sepsis, antibiotics, helmet safety and more.

Memorial Day Thoughts On Veterans’ Health

KHN Morning Briefing

Opinion writers pause on the holiday to urge recognition of soldiers who deal with mental health injuries when they return from war as well as other issues — including President Donald Trump’s budget — related to vets’ health care.

Profit Mining The Opioid Epidemic: These Middlemen Are Turning ‘Patients Into Paychecks’

KHN Morning Briefing

Patient brokers can earn up to tens of thousands of dollars a year by wooing vulnerable addicts for treatment centers that often provide few services and sometimes are run by disreputable operators with no training or expertise. Meanwhile, there are tools people can turn to in order to manage chronic pain, but the treatments costs thousands of dollars.