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How Obamacare Is Fueling America’s Opioid Epidemic

drug-money-costsfrom – Time – by Sean Gregory

Some doctors say a quirk in the program is a dangerous incentive to prescribe potentially dangerous painkillers.

Not long ago Dr. Bill Sullivan, an emergency-room physician in rural Spring Valley, Ill., refused to prescribe a potentially habit-­forming painkiller to a patient that had requested it by name. That might seem like a good thing since opioid addiction has become a national epidemic. But in fact, as a result of reforms put in place under the…

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