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Caleb Kenna for The New York Times

Vermont Governor Talks Heroin Crisis in Annual Address

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Staggering rates of opiate abuse and overdose deaths across the country have led some states to begin taking action to curb what is being acknowledged more and more as a public health epidemic. On Jan. 8, 2014, Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont used the entirety of his annual State of the State Message to address his state’s out-of-control rates of heroin use, and to charge lawmakers with the task of finding ways to push back against the drug crisis.

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Addiction, Chronic Care, and the ACA with Dr. Tom McLellan

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When he was the deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D., helped tie advancements in addiction treatment to the larger movement of health care reform in the United States. Now, as the Affordable Care Act begins granting health coverage to millions of people for problems with substance use, providers and insurers will be deeply interested in what treatment services are most effective and reduce health care costs, opening the door for innovation and paradigm shifts in addiction treatment.

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Recovering(me), White House, ONDCP

First Drug Reform Conference Streaming Live

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On Monday, December 9, 2013, the White House will live stream a conference on drug policy reform giving recovery advocates an opportunity to speak on the subjects of addiction science and stigma. The summit will be hosted by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and will feature presentations from representatives of organizations like the Recovery Research Institute, Faces & Voices of Recovery, and Medication-Assisted Recovery Services (MARS).

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Health plans must offer equal level of benefits for addiction

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In November the Obama administration issued rules that will promote greater addiction treatment options for people with health plans through insurance companies. In a statement about the parity rules, White House Drug Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske praised a national health policy that treats addiction as a medical condition like any other.

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