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Our recent poll asked an important question: “If you thought your close friend had a drinking problem would you talk to him or her about it?”

Lack of health insurance coverage for addiction treatment is a dangerous reality for many individuals across the nation. Our recent review of the 2017 EHB benchmark plans, which establish the minimum level of coverage for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans sold in each state, reveals that the ACA’s promise of greatly expanding access to addiction treatment through health insurance coverage is not being met. 

Injection drug use presents a special challenge for public health – those who inject drugs become severely addicted, often avoid the health care system, and are at high risk for multiple negative health outcomes, including infection, overdose and death. Some solutions fall under the umbrella of harm reduction, a set of strategies targeted at reducing the negative consequences associated with drug addiction. One harm-reduction approach being considered is called a supervised injection facility (SIF) – a legally sanctioned setting where individuals can inject previously obtained drugs (such as heroin and other opioids) under medical supervision. 

Our recent poll asked the important question “What is the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S.?” The answer, not shockingly, is tobacco use. 

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