Senate Approves 21st Century Cures Act

Last week, the U.S. Congress approved the 21st Century Cures Act, which, among other things, aims to tackle the American opioid epidemic. The bill calls for $1 billion in funding for expanding access to addiction treatment centers across the country and strengthening existing mental health parity laws. While there are several critics of the Cures...
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21st Century Cures Act Covers Addiction

The Opioid Epidemic If there is a perfect solution to be found regarding ending the American opioid epidemic, it has yet to show itself. The American public has been made fully aware of the situation, with hundreds of people dying every week; they also know that we cannot arrest our way out of the problem,...
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Urging the Federal Government to Fund CARA

The new year is knocking on the door and it is time to see if opioid addiction legislation has the desired effect in 2017. You are probably aware of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), a dense piece of legislation that was written to address the most serious drug epidemic in our history. It...
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The Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act

Earlier this week we discussed that fact that there are some opponents of expanding access to the lifesaving drug naloxone, otherwise known as Narcan. The most common argument against the miracle drug is that it gives opioid addicts a reason to continue using, because they know if they overdose then they can be resuscitated. Naturally,...
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Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

It has been some busy couple weeks in the U.S. House of Representatives with regard to addiction and mental illness. After years of hard work and difficult negotiations, the House adopted the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA). The bill is meant to address the American opioid epidemic, a crisis that now takes...
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Good Samaritan Laws Prevent Deaths And More

How much do you know about Good Samaritan Laws? We tend to reference Good Samaritan laws when we talk about being witness to an accident or happening upon someone who is having a medical emergency. Our natural instinct is to want to assist the person or to call for assistance. Historically, Good Samaritan laws were...
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Doctors Need More Pain Management and Addiction Training

Everyday hundreds of thousands of prescriptions are written by doctors for a number of different health problems. One of the most common reasons doctors prescribe medications is for pain management, typically prescribing prescription opioids to help patients cope with their pain. Prescription opioids, like oxycodone and hydrocodone, are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs...
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