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"No one yet has the slightest clue how the opioid crisis that has battered the nation with such ferocity ended up taking a happy, skinny little boy a month shy of his 11th birthday."


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Youth Iceland, a substance misuse prevention program, encourages parents to spend quantity — rather than just quality — time with their children during the week. The Iceland government has also created programs for sports, music, arts and dance. The idea: "kids need to feel like they are part of something."



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It's become clear that the U.S. Senate does not currently have the votes to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) nor for a straight repeal bill of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Our Founder, Gary Mendell, released this statement on ACA Repeal Failure:
https://www.shatterproof.org/posts/shatterproof-statement-aca-repeal-failure

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Missouri became the final state to create a prescription drug-monitoring program Monday -
"Almost immediately, Democrats questioned whether the order goes far enough while some Republicans expressed concerns about privacy."


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"Last week, Vice President Pence told the National Governors Association that the GOP health-care bill currently being debated in the Senate “strengthens and secures Medicaid for the neediest in our society.” Respectfully, that’s simply not the case."
-Former Vice President Joe Biden


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Federal law enforcement agencies announced Thursday what they called “the largest opioid-related fraud takedown in history” with the arrest of 120 people across the country, including doctors allegedly running pill mills and the operators of fraudulent treatment centers.

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"Most corners of the U.S. health-care industry have stood steadfastly opposed for months to Republican efforts to revise the Affordable Care Act. Patient advocate groups and Democratic organizers have crowded town halls since February to grill lawmakers. But in recent weeks, a last gasp of advocacy has come from an even wider range of groups and individuals trying to block the Senate health-care bill. Community hospitals have held information sessions. Pediatricians have starred in videos. Patient associations have flown in hundreds of Americans with chronic illnesses to meet with lawmakers and their aides."


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"Senate Republican leaders vowed on Tuesday to press ahead with their effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, with a new version of their bill on Thursday and a vote next week.
The revised bill is expected to include a $45 billion fund to help combat the opioid epidemic, as well as a provision allowing consumers to use health savings accounts to pay for premiums."

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"Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, stepping up the agency's efforts against the nation's opioid epidemic, announced plans Monday to require manufacturers of painkillers to provide more extensive education for physicians and other health-care professionals who prescribe the drugs."


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Use of opioids has become a key factor in why "prime age" workers, mostly men, are unable or unwilling to find work, according to a new report by Goldman Sachs (GS).

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