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The Senate just passed a bipartisan bill to confront the opioid epidemic

Congress is doing something about the opioid epidemic. But experts say it’s not enough. By German Lopez@germanrlopezgerman.lopez@vox.com  Updated Oct 3, 2018, 4:03pm EDT The Senate on Wednesday voted 98-1 on a rare bipartisan package to address the opioid epidemic, sending the measure, following the House’s 393-8 approval last Friday, to President Donald Trump’s desk for his expected signature. If …

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How Ohio voters could upend the state’s war on drugs this November

Ohio’s ballot initiative, Issue 1, will let voters decide whether to defelonize drug possession. By German Lopez@germanrlopezgerman.lopez@vox.com  Oct 12, 2018, 8:00am EDT This November, Ohio voters will have an opportunity to deal a blow to the war on drugs and mass incarceration. Ohio Issue 1, a ballot initiative, would reduce drug possession offenses to misdemeanors, so they’re …

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Questions and Answers for Clinicians Facing the Opioid Epidemic

Medical doctors, inadvertently and meaning to serve their patients, too often overprescribed opioid pain pills, like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percodan. Coupled with misleading information about the safety of these drugs and a growing focus to not undertreat pain, the opioid epidemic began. The plague of overdose deaths continues today. Doctors need to be part of …

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Doctors, pharmacists not always on the same page when it comes to opioid epidemic

Can a pharmacist legally deny a patient a prescription? That’s the question local doctor and addiction medicine specialist Dr. Ken Starr is struggling to understand after an unusual experience at a Central Coast pharmacy. He treats dozens of patients who are dependent on opioids and he often prescribes Suboxone to reduce symptoms of addiction and …

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Decriminalization is one powerful force to ease the overdose crisis

“Decriminalization is not a silver bullet,” federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said at last week’s Opioid Symposium in Toronto. It’s a well-worn Liberal talking point and it’s technically correct, of course. There is no simple, magical solution to the complex, multi-faceted opioids crisis. But by taking decriminalization off the table, the federal government is …

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