Opioid Legislation, Who Pays? – Aitkin Age – April 24, 2019

In March, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill (HF 400) dealing with opioid addiction. In early April, the senate passed its version (SF 751) and the 34-page bill is now before a conference committee…the main argument lies in whether the $20 million should come from the state’s general fund or from taxing the pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesalers. Read More.

Physicians Get Addicted Too – The Atlantic – April 23, 2019

The United States is in the midst of the deadliest, most widespread drug epidemic in its history. Unlike epidemics of the past, this one did not start with mafias or street dealers. Some people have blamed quack doctors—profiteers running pill mills—but rogue physicians wrote no more than a fraction of the opioid prescriptions in America over the past two decades. Read More.

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