Nursing homes routinely refuse people on addiction treatment — which some experts say is illegal

STAT, April 17, 2018
by Allison Bond

Nursing facilities routinely turn away patients seeking post-hospital care if they are taking medicine to treat opioid addiction, a practice that legal experts say violates the Americans with Disabilities… Read More

Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Drug That Stops Opioid Overdoses

New York Times, April 5, 2018
by Abby Goodnough

WASHINGTON — The United States Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome M. Adams, issued a national advisory Thursday urging more Americans to keep on hand and learn how to use the drug naloxone,… Read More

Medicare Is Cracking Down on Opioids. Doctors Fear Pain Patients Will Suffer.

New York Times, March 27, 2018
by Jan Hoffman

Medicare officials thought they had finally figured out how to do their part to fix the troubling problem of opioids being overprescribed to the old and disabled: In 2016, a staggering one in three… Read More

Medical Research, Drug Treatment And Mental Health Are Winners In New Budget Bill

NPR, March 22, 2018
by Alison Kodjak

The big budget deal reached this week in the House doesn't include a long-sought-after provision to stabilize the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. But the $1.3 billion plan, set to fund the government… Read More

FDA Takes ‘Historic First Step’ Toward Cutting Nicotine In Cigarettes To Non-Addictive Levels

Kaiser Health News, March 16, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The move garnered praise from anti-smoking advocates. “There is no other single action our country can… Read More

Trump’s Plan To Combat Opioid Crisis Includes Death Penalty For Drug Dealers

Kaiser Health News, March 16, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The White House's most concrete proposal yet to address the national drug epidemic comes after complaints… Read More

U.S. Seeks Time to Consider Joining Opioid Litigation

New York Times, March 2, 2018
by Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has asked a federal judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors to give it 30 days to decide whether to participate in the… Read More

States Seek More Federal Funding For Opioid Treatment, Not More Promises

NPR, March 1, 2018
by John Daley, CPR News and Jackie Fortier, StateImpact Oklahoma

[...] "Very thinly financed, small rural providers are probably at risk of going out of business entirely — up to and including rural hospitals," he says. Getting treatment providers to open… Read More

Trump Says He Will Focus On Opioid Law Enforcement, Not Treatment

NPR, February 7, 2018
by Greg Allen

More than three months after President Trump declared the nation's opioid crisis a public health emergency, activists and health care providers say they're still waiting for some other action.… Read More

Alabama Targets OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma In Opioid Suit Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email

NPR, February 7, 2018
by Samantha Raphaelson

Alabama filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday against OxyContin producer Purdue Pharma LP claiming the drug company is fueling the opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers.… Read More

edX Course: The Opioid Crisis in America
Harvard University

Deadline: Class begins March 27, 2017

About this course Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin as well as powerful pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and many others. Every… Read More

What’s Confusing Us About Mental Health Parity

HealthAffairs Blog, December 22, 2016
by Nathaniel Counts (Student Fellow alumnus), Timothy Clement, Amanda Mauri, Paul Gionfriddo, and Garry Carneal

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) has been law since 2008. MHPAEA provided that health plans could not limit mental health or substance use disorder benefits in a way… Read More

Scholars Discuss Role of Neuroscience in Youth Criminal Justice

Harvard Crimson, September 29, 2015
by Jonah S. Lefkoe

Check out the Harvard Crimson's summary of our first event of the year, "From Trouble Teens to Tsarnaev: Promises and Perils of Adolescent Neuroscience and the Law."  This event was part… Read More

Senior Fellow for Law & Neuroscience Amanda Pustilnik Guest Lecturing in HLS Seminar

Petrie-Flom, January 21, 2015

As part of her work with the Petrie-Flom Center and Center for Law Brain and Behavior at MGH's Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, Senior Fellow Amanda C. Pustilnik will be a regular guest lecturer… Read More

Houston doctor sued for trading prescriptions for sex

Houston Chronicle, December 12, 2014
by St. John Barned-Smith, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Legal experts who specialize in medical ethics said the allegations and actions captured on film were "egregious." Medical standards prohibit doctors from engaging in sexual relationships with patients.… Read More

California Counties Sue 5 Narcotics Makers

Here & Now, NPR, May 22, 2014
by Robin Young interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Two counties in California — Orange and Santa Clara — are suing five major drug companies, accusing them of causing the growing prescription drug epidemic across the country. The complaint,… Read More