Bloomberg Law
Aug. 5, 2019, 7:44 PM

Federal Law Tweaks Will Help Combat Opioid Crisis, States Say

Stephen Joyce
Stephen Joyce
Staff Correspondent

Congress needs to change federal laws that create “significant barriers to treating opioid use disorder,” a bipartisan group of 39 state attorneys general asserted.

Their Aug. 5 letter to House and Senate leaders comes at a time when local governments face increased demands for costly social services and criminal justice needs. The letter cites a White House Council of Economic Advisers report that said the economic cost of the opioid crisis topped $500 billion in 2015.

The attorneys general want Congress to change strict privacy requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Making it easier for medical professionals ...

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