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Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Now Eligible to Prescribe Buprenorphine

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants will now be eligible to prescribe and dispense the opioid addiction treatment buprenorphine from their office, Reutersreports. The Drug Enforcement Administration said the change will make it easier for residents of underserved areas to receive treatment for opioid addiction. The new rule is a result of the Comprehensive Addiction…

Obama Signs Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

President Obama on Friday signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which aims to combat opioid addiction. He said the measure does not provide adequate funding, The Hill reports. “This legislation includes some modest steps to address the opioid epidemic,” Obama said in a statement. “Given the scope of…

Some Advocacy Groups Say House Opioid Abuse Bill Doesn’t Focus Enough on Recovery

Some addiction recovery groups say a U.S. House bill, the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act, does not focus enough on recovery, The Huffington Post reports. The groups say the House measure, to be introduced Wednesday, is weaker than the Senate version of the bill. In March, the U.S. Senate voted…

Senate Votes to Advance Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

The Senate on Monday voted 86-3 to advance the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), USA Today reports. A vote on the final passage of the bill is expected this week. The measure has not yet been taken up by the House, the article notes. The Act is sponsored by…