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'One face' of an epidemic: The viral obituary of a woman who overdosed on opioids

January 9, 2019

Maddie Linsenmeir died last fall of an opioid overdose, and her family chose to share her much-read story so others dealing with substance use disorders know "every breath is a fresh start," and to encourage individuals "reading [the obituary] with judgment" to "educate [themselves] about this disease, because that is what it is. It is not a choice or a weakness."

Naloxone should be prescribed alongside opioids, HHS recommends

January 4, 2019

HHS in new guidelines encourages health care providers to prescribe the overdose-reversal drug naloxone to patients taking prescription opioids who are at a high risk of overdosing on the drugs.

In the states: Kasich signs Ohio bill effectively banning second-trimester abortions, US doctor being monitored for Ebola, and more

January 4, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Warren is gearing up for a presidential run. Here's where she stands on health care.

January 2, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says she is getting ready to run for president in 2020, and health care is expected to be a key part of her presidential campaign.

This ED treats substance misuse. Here's how.

December 19, 2018

While emergency departments (EDs) traditionally have not had much to offer patients with substance use disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital has adopted a program to start treatment for opioid use disorder in the ED.

Alexander is retiring, but he's setting his sights on health care in his last term

December 18, 2018

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)—chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee—has announced that he will not run for re-election in 2020, and a person familiar with Alexander's thinking says the senator could focus on health care during his last term.

This nurse carries naloxone to save lives—but she's been denied life insurance because of it

December 18, 2018

Isela, a nurse at Boston Medical Center's substance use disorder treatment program, was denied life insurance when the insurer learned she has a prescription for naloxone—which the nurse carries not for herself, but as part of a public health effort to help save people from overdoses.

Fentanyl is now the deadliest drug in the US. Could it also become 'a weapon of mass destruction?'

December 14, 2018

Fentanyl was the deadliest drug in the United States in 2016, according to the latest CDC data—and national security experts say the drug's lethal potency could make it an ideal weapon of mass destruction.

The healthiest (and least healthy) states, mapped

December 13, 2018

Hawaii is the healthiest U.S. state, according to the United Health Foundation's latest rankings, which considers 38 measures related to clinical care, policies, health outcomes, and more.

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