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Looming Showdown Over Safe-Injection Sites Pits Trump Administration Versus San Francisco

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Federal officials warn that any city setting up a safe-injection site for opioid users will be met with “swift and aggressive action” and criminal prosecutions. On Monday, the California Legislature passed a bill approving San Francisco’s plan to open such sites. Other news on the crisis includes the sale of Narcan-maker Adapt Pharma, more lawsuits against painkiller manufacturers and a possible crackdown on fentanyl in Massachusetts.

California Takes Steps To Increase Access To Anti-Overdose Medication

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The California Department of Public Health issued a standing order for naloxone in a move geared toward helping parts of the state where there are physician shortages and treatment facilities often struggle to find a doctor who will write a standing order for the medication. News on the crisis comes out of Kansas and Minnesota as well.

California Voters Face Stark Ideological Choice Come The General Election

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The race for California governor was narrowed down to Democrat Gavin Newsom and Republican John Cox. The outcome of the race could both shape the fate of the Affordable Care Act in the state and influence whether Republicans in Washington take another shot at dismantling the landmark law. “For the Affordable Care Act, California is a bellwether state,” said David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund.

Single-Payer Is Becoming Litmus Test For Democrats, But Reality Is Far More Complicated Than Rhetoric

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California’s gubernatorial race is acting as a microcosm of the larger push toward universal health care. But, experts say the issue is complicated. “Voters are thinking about the fundamental values associated with single-payer,” said Kelly Hall, an independent health consultant. “Almost zero voters have thought about the policy implications.” Those implications range from funding challenges to a vocal opposition to unanswered legal questions.

Aid-In-Dying Law Falls Within Scope Of Improving Californians’ Health, AG Argues In Appeal Of Judge’s Decision

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A judge recently overturned the legislation, saying it was passed illegally in a special session that was supposed to focus on specific health care issues. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra cited Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s statement from when he signed the bill into law as an example of how the measure fits into the scope of the special session.