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Jail time for pharma CEOs? It's in Sanders' proposal to rein in the opioid crisis.

April 18, 2018

Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) new bill, called the Opioid Crisis Accountability Act of 2018, aims to hold pharmaceutical companies and their executives accountable in cases of deceptive marketing or illegal distribution of prescription opioids.

Death in the US, in 5 maps

April 13, 2018

The study finds that the U.S. death rate declined from 745 fatalities per 100,000 individuals in 1990 to 578 fatalities per 100,000 individuals in 2016, but also shows regional variation in overall life expectancy.

Facebook is developing a tool to crack down on illegal opioid sales

April 12, 2018

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is developing artificial intelligence tools to proactively identify and remove posts on the website involving illegal opioid sales.

Inside a multipronged bipartisan plan to address the opioid misuse epidemic

April 6, 2018

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee plans to hold a hearing next week on draft legislation that aims to expand access to opioid-related substance use disorder treatment and spur development of non-addictive pain medications, among other things.

How NIH, FDA, and the surgeon general plan to target opioid misuse

April 5, 2018

Trump administration officials say they plan to combat opioid misuse through a number of new initiatives, including an effort to stop illegal online sales of prescription opioids, expanding the availability of overdose reversal treatments, and increasing funding for research on opioid misuse.

Legalized marijuana may lead to fewer opioid prescriptions, studies find

April 4, 2018

New research suggests opioid prescriptions dropped in states where medical marijuana is legal—suggesting some U.S. residents might use marijuana to treat their pain as an alternative to opioids.

What's changing in Medicare Advantage and Part D next year: A 3.4% MA bump, 'hard' opioid limits, and more

April 3, 2018

CMS in 2019 will increase Medicare Advantage plan payments by 3.4% and set new pharmacy limits for Medicare Part D beneficiaries deemed at risk of opioid misuse.

Why public health, law enforcement experts like—and dislike—Trump's opioid plan

March 27, 2018

Many public health and law enforcement experts are of two minds about President Trump's plan to combat the opioid epidemic: They generally support the plan's call to increase access to substance use disorder treatment (though some say the plan could go further), but they say Trump's proposed death sentences for drug dealers likely would be unconstitutional and fail to deter opioid misuse.

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