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Enough Painkillers Sold In One Town To Medicate Every Man, Woman, Child For 136 Days

KHN Morning Briefing

A first-time release of CDC prescribing data shows vast regional disparities. Stateline reports on the numbers and the town — Martinsville, Va. — that topped the list. In other news on the national opioid epidemic: Massachusetts police test a new overdose database; experts wait on the impact of White House action; and the deaths of two sons drive one mother’s mission to fight back.

Rural Hospitals Still Face Continuing Difficulties

KHN Morning Briefing

Even though the Capitol Hill repeal-and-replace debate — and its proposed funding cuts — has quieted, worries persist about the future capacity of these facilities to provide services. The Wall Street Journal, for instance, examines the dangers of childbirth in rural America.

In A Place Where Suspicion Has Dug In Roots, Researchers Want To Demystify Science

KHN Morning Briefing

A small community in Georgia sees a nuclear plant as the source of their health woes. Scientists know otherwise, but getting that message across isn’t going to be easy. In other public health news: natural disasters, mental health clues on Instagram, obesity and depression, sinus cancer, hospital violence and more.

The Cost Of Treating An Opioid Overdose: $92,400

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Researchers said the cost highlights a troubling trend: that overdose patients are arriving in worse shape, requiring longer stays and a higher level of treatment. In other news on the opioid crisis: a vaccine for addiction, treatment deserts, sober homes, safe injection centers and more.

As Much Of The Country Sees Insurance Gains Under ACA, Texan Women Are Left Behind

KHN Morning Briefing

The Commonwealth Fund’s 2016 Biennial Health Insurance Survey reported solid progress for women across the country since the law was enacted, but in Texas the gains for women have been minimal. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are inching toward passing legislation that will require women to buy separate insurance for abortions.

Trump Declares Opioid Crisis A National Emergency. So What Does That Mean?

KHN Morning Briefing

President Donald Trump hasn’t yet spelled out what the declaration will entail, but it could allow the government to negotiate lower prices for naloxone, open up additional funding to states and provide technical assistance and manpower to places where local and state resources have been overwhelmed. Some experts say it is a mostly symbolic move, though.