“White House counselor Kellyanne Conway will be the point person for the Trump administration’s opioid crisis efforts…

President Donald Trump tapped Conway to help “change the perception” about opioids and reduce addictions and deaths, Sessions said at a press briefing about the Justice Department’s efforts to combat the crisis. Sessions said Trump had made the epidemic “a top priority for his administration, including every senior official and Cabinet member.” Conway worked as

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“…the president.. reversed course to instead declare opioids a public health emergency, a move that releases no new funding to contend with a drug crisis….”

“The current opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history. Overdoses, fueled by opioids, are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old — killing roughly 64,000 people last year, more than guns or car accidents, and doing so at a pace faster than the H.I.V. epidemic did at its

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“At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence…..”

“The president promised two months ago that his administration would “spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis.” Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are pushing President Donald Trump to formally declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency, something he promised in August

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Congress blocked DEA action against drug companies suspected of flooding the country with prescription narcotics

“In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation’s streets… A handful of members of Congress, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors, prevailed upon the

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“To manage and (eventually) reverse the opioid epidemic, state Medicaid programs should now take a deeper look at the role prescribing plays…”,

“The drug industry was more than willing to meet the need of increased opioid administration and more than willing to advance its usage….. Adding to this pressure to overprescribe powerful analgesics was the decision by Medicare to adjust payments to hospitals according to their Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) surveys. This naïve

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