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"TRUMP'S LATEST IDEAS TO COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC ARE ALSO HIS DUMBEST"

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PAST EVENTS
"Death by Distribution"
This bill allows people who distribute a drug that results in an overdose death to be charged with murder, even when the death is an accident and regardless of the relationship between victim and the accused.
North Carolina, March 26, 2019
HB 460
"Fair Chance Hiring"
This bill would help people with arrest or conviction history find work by delaying criminal background checks until later in the hiring process, allowing them a chance to demonstrate skills, qualification and rehabilitation before their criminal history is considered.
North Carolina, March 26, 2019
ACTION ALERT!
SAHMSA NPRM "Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records" 
This measure would allow protected SUD treatment data to be merged with state PDMPs at the expense of abandoning patient privacy in the midst of continued stigmatization of SUD treatment and active law enforcement surveillance of PDMPs.
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"PURDUE BRASS 'MILKED' $4B FROM OPIOID ADDITION: MASS AG"

LAW360, FEBRUARY 1, 2019

"There is a real risk here that a lot of this is about political posturing and not actually redressing the harms, and that’s what I worry about.”

"COMMISSION TORN OVER SUPERVISED INJECTION SITES"

COMMONWEALTH MAGAZINE, FEBRUARY 21, 2019

 

“You’re basing a public policy discussion around what someone said. That’s not what we’re here for.”

"ELIZABETH WARREN'S AMBITIOUS PLAN TO FIGHT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, EXPLAINED"

VOX, FEBRUARY 19, 2019

"We talk about this huge investment of $100 billion, and that being pie in the sky, but just the budget increase for defense spending last year was $70 billion [...] People are dropping dead by the thousands [in the opioid epidemic], and we are teetering around the edges. So it’s very frustrating.”

"USING OPIOIDS TO TREAT ADDICTION IS CONSIDERED THE GOLD STANDARD. SO WHY AREN'T MORE DOCTORS PRESCRIBING THEM?"

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 18, 2019

"In Philadelphia’s men’s prisons, a just-launched Suboxone program has been paused because the prisons’ doctors already have hit their prescribing caps.”

"JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS TRYING TO BLOCK SAFE-INJECTION SITES"

ROLLING STONE, FEBRUARY 7, 2019

"This isn’t black and white. Bottom line is that the federal government is CHOOSING to enter into this battle, just as it’s paying lip service to public health.”