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With Hundreds Dying Each Week, A Panel To Study Opioid Crisis Is Just Waste Of Time, Experts Say

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President Donald Trump’s special commission will hold its first meeting Friday, but experts say it’s not necessary. “What we need is an enormous federal investment in expanding access to addiction treatment, and for the different federal agencies that have a piece of this problem to be working in a coordinated fashion,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, of Brandeis University.

Price Dodges When Asked If GOP’s Health Plan Is ‘Mean’

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“It’s not a yes or no answer,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says. Meanwhile, Republicans on Capitol Hill downplay the reports that the president called the House-passed bill just that.

Missouri Senate OKs Abortion Bill Amidst Dueling Rallies By Supporters And Opponents

KHN Morning Briefing

The state legislation would nullify a city ordinance in St. Louis that prohibits housing and employment discrimination based on “reproductive health decisions,” such as abortion or pregnancy. The bill now goes to the Missouri House. Elsewhere, a Iowa council considers a controversial measure to bar abortion providers from state-financed family planning efforts.

State AGs To Investigate Drugmakers’ Marketing Of Prescription Painkillers

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The probe is the latest effort in a growing trend to address the epidemic through the courts. In other news, the crisis is undermining the battle against HIV, women are being prescribed too many opioids after c-sections and Massachusetts’ high court rules on a needle-exchange case.

Mich. Health Department Chief Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter In Connection To Flint’s Water Problems

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Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon and four other state officials face involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from the government’s failure to alert the majority-black population about Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area. That outbreak is linked to the city’s lead-contaminated water and caused the death of an 85-year-old man.

Veterans’ Choice Program Facing Surprise $1B Shortfall

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“If there is no action at all by Congress, then the Choice program will dry up by mid-August,” VA Secretary David Shulkin said while asking the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee for help.

Postpartum Ads Featuring Women With Pacifiers Strikes Discordant Chord For Some

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Critics say the ad campaign not only infantilizes women, but also puts the onus on them to speak up rather than prodding providers to be more proactive in helping them. In other public health news: brain cell transplants, the new tobacco crisis, insulin, noise and blood pressure, and more.