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Medicaid Expands Access to Lifesaving Naloxone

Medicaid expansion helps prevent opioid deaths

Many state Medicaid programs have been fighting the opioid epidemic by purchasing and distributing the lifesaving opioid-reversal drug naloxone. Harvard’s Richard G. Frank and Carrie E. Fry report on evidence showing that states that have actively promoted naloxone experienced 9 percent to 11 percent reductions in opioid-related deaths. The authors say the proposed cuts to state Medicaid funding in both the House and Senate health care bills could jeopardize financial access to this lifesaving drug. 

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