Opi­oid epi­demic

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The CDC called on doc­tors to pre­scribe opi­oid paini re­liev­ers only as a last re­sort and in lim­ited dosage. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signed the Com­pre­hen­sive Ad­dic­tion and Re­cov­ery Act, the fist ma­jor leg­is­la­tion in 30 years tar­get­ing sub­stance abuse. The law em­pha­sizes pre­ven­tion and treat­ment over crim­i­nal en­force­ment The Help­ing Fam­i­lies in Men­tal Health Cri­sis Act was adopted as part of the sweep­ing 21st Cen­tury Cures leg­is­la­tion. It au­tho­rizes 1 bil­lion in fund­ing to fight the opi­oid cri­sis, although Congress still has to ap­pro­pri­ate Congress still has to ap­pro­pri­ate the money.

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