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Trump signs bipartisan measure to confront opioid crisis

Trump signs bipartisan measure to confront opioid crisis

By Associated Press  |  October 24, 2018

President Donald Trump pledged to put an "extremely big dent" in the scourge of drug addiction in America as he signed legislation intended to help tackle the opioid crisis, the deadliest epidemic of overdoses in the country's history.

Pennsylvania health insurers to end MAT prior authorizations

Pennsylvania health insurers to end MAT prior authorizations

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  October 12, 2018

Health insurers in Pennsylvania pledged to remove advanced approval requirements for prescribing medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder. Advocates expect the move could expand access to thousands throughout the state.

Blue Cross of Mass. giving opioid overdose reversal kits to employers

Blue Cross of Mass. giving opioid overdose reversal kits to employers

By Tara Bannow  |  October 04, 2018

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts is testing out giving large employers opioid-overdose reversal kits and teaching employees how to use them, in hopes of preventing overdose deaths in both public spaces and work environments.

California governor rejects supervised drug injection plan

California governor rejects supervised drug injection plan

By Associated Press  |  October 01, 2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown rejected legislation that would have allowed San Francisco to open what could be the nation's first supervised drug injection site. He questioned whether the plan would reduce drug addiction.

House passes opioids legislation

House passes opioids legislation

By Susannah Luthi  |  September 28, 2018

Congress wraps up work on its opioids legislation, touted as a key campaign-issue healthcare accomplishment ahead of November's midterm elections.

Senate opioid bill misses the mark, experts say

Senate opioid bill misses the mark, experts say

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  September 20, 2018

Addiction medicine experts have raised concerns that the Senate opioid bill passed this week is another missed opportunity to make the most impact toward combating the crisis.

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