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Lisa Ortega

Q&A: Should California Health Insurance Cover Opioid Overdose Medication?

In summary To reduce the death toll from the opioid epidemic, California Assemblywoman Liz Ortega wants health insurers to cover the costs of Narcan, a nasal spray that can reverse an overdose. Of course, increasing access comes at a price. The ubiquity of the synthetic painkiller fentanyl has supercharged the opioid crisis to the point …

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Break free: New treatment helps people stop using addictive opioid painkillers

A landmark clinical study tested a program that included combined individual and group support sessions. It found that one in five individuals were able to stop using opioids without experiencing an increase in pain levels after one year. This new treatment option is considered an alternative to the use of opioids and, according to experts, …

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Myths about willpower and moral weakness prevent people with opioid use disorder from receiving effective medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone

The most effective scientific treatment for opioid use disorder is medication. Methadone and buprenorphine prevent cravings and other withdrawal symptoms, while naltrexone works by blocking the effects of opioids. Despite abundant research showing that these drugs reduce the risk of relapse and overdose, many people, regardless of their relationship to opioids or the people who …

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