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House Speaker Paul Ryan. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Republican and Democratic lawmakers from the House and Senate released their final opioids package last night, bridging the differences between bills the two chambers passed previously.
The big picture: This is a big bill and there are provisions in here that public health experts believe will make a difference.
What's next: Both chambers are expected to pass the agreement quickly, sending it to President Trump for his signature in a matter of days.
The details: The bill is about the same as what we reported previously, and would...
The pharmaceutical industry didn't get the Medicare "fix" it had been lobbying for.
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Simply going to work in the morning puts a lot of people on the front lines of the opioid crisis, whether or not they want to be — and whether or not they’re prepared to be.
“Service workers are … the unwitting first line of medical responders,” CityLab reports, because public restrooms have become such a popular place to use opiates.
Employers, especially in the construction industry, also are remarkably close to their own workers' addictions.
More than 175 million health care records have been breached since 2010, and they’re getting more vulnerable every year, according to a new analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
By the numbers: Data breaches that affect more than 500 people have to be reported to the federal government. There have been more than 2,100 of them since 2010.
Between the lines: A handful of high-profile hacks against large insurance companies in 2015 seems to have been especially damaging.
ICYMI, the Health and Human Services Department is undertaking "a comprehensive review of all research involving fetal tissue ... in light of the serious regulatory, moral, and ethical considerations involved."
Why it matters: STAT News has a good rundown of what it all means...
The other side: Fetal tissue "is important or even necessary for some kinds of work" and has been instrumental in developing several vaccines, bioethicist Alta Charo told STAT.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Photo: Chuck Kennedy/Axios
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb sure sounded like a guy who's ready to bring down the hammer on e-cigarettes as he discussed the agency's next steps with Axios' Mike Allen yesterday.
What's next: The FDA is planning to release new data in November that will show sharp increases in vaping among middle and high schoolers. And with that data in hand, "at that point we’re going to be ready to take action," Gottlieb said.
“It's not like I need another six months or a year to take action.”— Scott Gottlieb