Tag Archives: opioid epidemic

Discrimination Against Patients With Substance Use Disorders Remains Prevalent And Harmful: The Case For 42 CFR Part 2

42 CFR Part 2 provides bedrock protections for people with substance use disorders. As our country faces an unprecedented epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose, we must ensure that fear of discrimination does not deter people from seeking treatment.

April 13, 2017

Medicaid Responds To The Opioid Epidemic: Regulating Prescribing And Finding Ways To Expand Treatment Access

Nearly 12 percent of adults covered by Medicaid have a substance use disorder. It is important to recognize that Medicaid programs remain on the front lines -- and to consider how to most effectively support individual state responses.

April 11, 2017

Scott Gottlieb’s FDA Commissioner Confirmation Hearing: Remarkably Unremarkable

In a presidential administration whose confirmation hearings have sparked more than a few contentious moments, FDA Commissioner-designate Scott Gottlieb’s confirmation hearing was remarkable for how unremarkable it was. But to say the hearing was uneventful is not to say that it was uninteresting.

April 7, 2017

To Battle The Opioid Overdose Epidemic, Deploy The ‘Cascade of Care’ Model

Revisiting how the public health community established the systems needed to US AIDS mortality rate in half can serve as a useful guide for states and policymakers to set up the most effective response to the current crisis.

March 13, 2017

Outdated Privacy Law Limits Effective Substance Use Disorder Treatment: The Case Against 42 CFR Part 2

In the midst of the current opioid epidemic we cannot afford to provide outdated, siloed addiction treatment governed by antiquated privacy laws. 42 CFR Part 2 has outlived its usefulness.

March 1, 2017

Repealing The ACA Could Worsen The Opioid Epidemic

Every day, an average 78 Americans die from opioid abuse. The coverage expansions and protections under the ACA can help lessen the epidemic and save lives.

January 30, 2017

The Opioid Abuse Crisis Is A Rare Area Of Bipartisan Consensus

There are few examples where Democrats and Republicans in Congress, as well as those among the public who identify with the two parties, agree on a set of policies. One of these exceptions involves policies to address the opioid abuse crisis facing the country today.

September 12, 2016

How Do We Finish The Job That The Comprehensive Addiction And Recovery Act Started?

CARA's ability to fill the so called treatment gap is severely limited by the minimal level of funding to expand evidence-based treatment. Without appropriations, it is a powerful statement but not necessarily an actionable plan.

September 12, 2016

Funerals For Friends: How Public Health In Colorado Handles Growing Prescription Drug Misuse

The opioid painkiller epidemic in Colorado was the focus of a session at this year's Colorado Health Symposium. The Colorado Health Foundation hosts this well-known annual forum.

August 25, 2016

Not Your Typical Health Conference: Takeaways From Spotlight Health

For the second year, a small Health Affairs team attended Spotlight Health in beautiful Aspen, Colorado. The topics (opioids, planetary health, healthy eating, etc.) were beyond typical. Here are 7 takeaways.

July 7, 2016