Updated Apr 28, 2018 - Health

States consider forcing drugmakers to pay for opioid addiction rehab

A man uses heroin.

A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

At least 15 states are introducing legislation that would "force drug manufacturers and their distributors" to pay for treatment for opioid addicts, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: The death toll from opioid addiction has been on the rise, and public health experts have placed the blame on manufacturers. But, per the AP, "drugmakers and distributors argue that...the cost increases would eventually be absorbed by patients or taxpayers."

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