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Addiction experts have warned that Republican proposals to dramatically cut Medicaid funding could worsen the nation’s growing opioid crisis. So a pair of GOP senators is pushing for a solution: a massive influx of money for treatment to help stave off those effects.

But that makeshift effort may also fall flat, advocates in the recovery community say.


Republican Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, whose states have been devastated by the nation’s opioid epidemic, have suggested in recent interviews they hope to add into the Republican package to repeal and replace Obamacare as much as $4.5 billion each year for the next 10 years in new funding for addiction treatment.

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  • “People losing access to Medicaid will make the opioid crisis worse, but not that much worse. There’s not that much further to fall.”-kolodny

    What a disgusting frame of mind from a similarly disgusting individual

    • A “disgusting frame of mind” has been the focus on opioids treating the opioid epidemic thus keeping pharma laughing all the way to the bank. Focus has been on non-profits with huge conflicts of interest and some promoting help for the pain patient along with the addiction crisis. Sorry can’t have it both ways. Where is the education? Where are the beds? Where are reputable recovery centers staffed by professionals — not “recovery coaches” taking on-line courses and profiting financially. Yes there is further to fall and those beating the drum the loudest have allowed the free fall. Disgusting!

    • Your response makes little sense. It’s as if you took all the buzzwords from a New York Times opioid “epidemic” article and mushed them all together.

      What I find disgusting is how kolodny beat the anti opioid drum enough to cause the CDC to issue guidelines, and now it sounds as if he’s fine with abandoning these very same people. This idiotic frame of mind will cause many more fentanyl deaths…

    • My comment makes perfect sense. There are huge conflicts of interest in the prescription opioid epidemic and prescribing opioids to treat epidemic is not the answer. People/organizations aka “non-profits” are making $$$ as the death toll mounts.

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