Legal experts say a memo Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent to federal prosecutors this week suggests he plans to make changes to Obama Administration policies that sought less serious charges in some drug cases.
Repealing the Affordable Care Act would roll back any progress made against combating the nation’s opioid crisis, according to Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Obama.
Two major drug wholesalers recently agreed to pay millions of dollars to settle claims they failed to report suspicious orders for opioid painkillers to the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to NPR.
We lose nearly 130 people a day to drug overdoses. It is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and the loss is felt most acutely by the families left behind. By doing a better job of helping families and their addicted children, we can most effectively reduce these deaths and the accompanying pain and suffering, explains Tom Hedrick, founding member of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Hillary Clinton this week said she supports a plan by Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia to levy a tax on prescription opioids. Manchin says the tax would raise up to $2 billion annually, which would be used to expand access to opioid addiction treatment.
Some addiction recovery groups say a U.S. House bill, the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act, does not focus enough on recovery, The Huffington Post reports. The groups say the House measure, to be introduced Wednesday, is weaker than the Senate version of the bill.
The United Nations’ three-day special session to address global drug policy ended last week without a major shift in approach, The Wall Street Journal reports. It was the first special session to address the topic in almost 20 years.
At this week’s three-day special session to address global drug policy, nations’ widely varying approach to drug policy is striking, the Associated Press reports. It is the first special session to address the topic in almost 20 years.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a lawsuit brought by Nebraska and Oklahoma over Colorado’s system of legalized recreational marijuana, according to NPR. Nebraska and Oklahoma said they are having trouble protecting their borders from the increased flow of marijuana.
The U.S. Senate voted 94-1 to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The New York Times reports the measure authorizes funds for various drug treatment and prevention programs for a wide range of people, including those in jail.
The Senate on Wednesday voted against an amendment to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act that would have added $600 million in funding. The bill would increase addiction treatment and prevention.
The Obama Administration on Tuesday voiced concern over the lack of funding in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, The Hill reports. The U.S. Senate voted 89-0 on Monday to begin considering the measure, which would increase addiction treatment and prevention.