This Week's News in Substance Use: 6/16/17

What Are ‘Essential Benefits’ in GOP Health Care Bill Debate? NBC News

“Some conservatives reject the AHCA as ‘Obamacare Lite.’ So one proposal is the removal of Obamacare’s ‘10 Essential Benefits’ — the list of things that all health insurance policies taking part in the Obamacare marketplaces must cover. Instead, states could decide what counts as ‘essential’. Here’s a rundown of what they are.”

A Drugmaker Tries to Cash in On the Opioid Epidemic, One State Law At A Time, NPR

“There's growing urgency among state policymakers to fight the addiction epidemic. The number of opioid overdose deaths quadrupled from 1999 to 2015. In that year, an average of 91 people died per day. There are now more deaths from overdoses in the U.S. than from car accidents. Opioids cause most of them.

But those looking for large-scale solutions to the crisis must navigate diverging views on treatment, making them receptive to lobbyists who attempt to guide them through medically complex and emotionally charged territory. Among those devoted to helping people addicted to opioids, there are conflicting opinions about the role of medications in recovery.”

Do Family Members Have a Right to Know When a Loved One Overdoses On Opioids? STAT News

“The right to medical privacy is enshrined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and a host of other confidentiality rules. But a White House-appointed panel is now considering whether to recommend that those privacy regulations be relaxed in a bid to help contain the country’s rising tide of opioid overdoses.”

Prosecutors’ Lawsuit Says Opioid Drug Makers Deceived Public, The Washington Post

“A new lawsuit invokes the plight of a baby born dependent on opioid drugs, as three Tennessee prosecutors and the baby’s guardian accuse several drug manufacturers of unleashing an epidemic through deceptive marketing about the risks of addiction to painkillers.”

Spike in Fatal Drug Overdoses in 2016 Hit All Race, Gender And Age Groups Across Five Boroughs, New York Daily News

“Overdose deaths in the [New York City] surged last year — rising among every race, gender and age group and in every borough, new data shows.

There were 1,374 accidental drug overdoses in 2016 — up from 937 in 2015, a 47% jump, according to data released by the Health Department.

That amounts to nearly four fatal drug overdoses every day in the five boroughs. The rate of overdoses has increased 143% since 2010, from 8.2 for every 100,000 residents to 19.9 last year.”

Naomi Campbell On Her Substance [Misuse]: ‘Addiction and Alcoholism Doesn’t Discriminate’, Fortune

“The English supermodel said she has ‘never ever’ felt ashamed of her history with narcotic [misuse]. "I worked so much and at the beginning I never took a break ever," she told the Fortune Most Powerful Women International Summit in London on Monday. ‘Finally, I said 'I want it to go away' and I chose to pick up the phone and make that call and I chose the place I wanted to go.’”

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