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Drug Czar Nominee Withdraws Following Reports That He Helped Undermine DEA’s Power On Opioids

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President Donald Trump says in a tweet that Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) withdrew his name from contention to be the next drug czar after a Washington Post and “60 Minutes” report revealed deep ties to the drug industry. Many lawmakers voiced strong objections to the nomination and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) called for a repeal of a controversial law pushed by Marino that hindered the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to regulate opioids.

How Hurricanes Hammer Already Struggling Mental Health Systems

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Officials say the long-term psychological injuries after a hurricane outpace more immediate issues and swamp the health care system long after emergency workers go home and shelters shut down. Meanwhile, health care providers are flocking to Puerto Rico to offer their help, and a study finds that evacuating residents from a nursing home before a storm actually increases the chances of death or injury.

10 Years Ago This Lawyer Went Up Against Pharma Over Opioids And Won. Now He’s Ready For Round Two.

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Back in 2007, Purdue settled with individual patients who alleged that it had underplayed the addiction risk of its medications. It was a huge case for lawyer Paul Hanly and a rare win against makers of painkillers. Now, in an entirely different landscape — one where these companies are becoming the targets of states who want to try to curb the national crisis — Hanly is gearing up to go again. Meanwhile, PBS looks at how the brain gets addicted to opioids in the first place.

In Effort To Slow Opioid Epidemic, Cigna Drops Coverage For OxyContin

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Instead, the insurer will cover Xtampza ER, which it calls an “oxycodone equivalent with abuse deterrent properties.” In other news on the nation’s drug crisis: federal officials look to Buffalo’s opioid crisis intervention court as a potential model; a Texas county is the latest to sue drug companies for their alleged role in the epidemic; researchers turn to virtual reality for pain solutions; and more.

Being Taken To Level 1 Trauma Center Can Boost Survival Rate By Up To 30 Percent

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Las Vegas only has one of these “gold standard” centers, but it’s not the only big city to have so few. Experts say that in situations such as Sunday’s mass shooting what matters most is not the number of high-level centers, but the degree of coordination across a region’s medical network.

Addiction Rehab Centers For Defendants Often Nothing More Than Lucrative Work Camps

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An investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting found that these facilities, which are meant to be an alternative to jail for those addicted to substances, can be nothing more than “slave camps.” In other public health news: genetic testing, the immune system, Pompe disease, pets and cancer, vaccinations, dementia and more.

Big Tobacco To Begin Running Court-Mandated Mea Culpa Ads

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“Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard, and Philip Morris USA intentionally designed cigarettes to make them more addictive,” one ad will say. Another reads: “More people die every year from smoking than from murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes, and alcohol, combined.” In other public health news: the importance of body clocks, help getting sober and children with anxiety.