Florida lawmakers revive and adopt patient protection legislation

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Florida lawmakers revive and adopt patient protection legislation By: Gary A. Enos Florida legislators late last week took a firm stand against deceptive and patient-harming marketing and related practices in the addiction treatment and sober living industries. With their adopted legislation giving added authority to state regulators that observers have seen as lax in their past monitoring efforts, state officials will have a prime opportunity to engage in stronger enforcement of patient and family protections. After it had appeared that comprehensive legislation that had been in the works for months might die in the waning days of the state legislative session, the state Senate on May 4 unanimously passed legislation that had previously cleared the House. Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign into law the measure, which will take effect July 1. Scott last week issued an emergency declaration in order to free up monies to combat the opioid crisis.  

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Georgia losing patience with drug treatment tourists

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Georgia losing patience with drug treatment tourists By: Ezra Kaplan In the northwest corner of Georgia, where cows and crops vastly outnumber people, a small cluster of privately owned treatment centers has sprung up in recent years for heroin and prescription painkiller addicts. And most of the patients aren't even from the state. Relaxed rules in Georgia and stricter regulations in Tennessee created a recipe for the facilities to locate a few miles from the state line. Each year, the Georgia centers draw thousands of addicts from Tennessee, some who drive for hours to get treatment. Locals are fed up with the onslaught of out-of-towners who pick up their meds and leave, and they complained so loudly that Georgia legislators recently passed a law essentially preventing any new clinics from opening up in the area.  

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Virginia looks to provide drug treatment to more inmates

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Virginia looks to provide drug treatment to more inmates By: Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. — Officials say Virginia is joining in an effort to expand access to opioid addition treatment for prisoners. The Virginia Department of Corrections says Virginia is one of eight states picked by the National Governors Association for the “learning lab.” Officials say the states will learn about initiatives in place in Massachusetts and create plans for how to get more offenders in opioid addiction treatment. Virginia Department of Corrections Director Harold Clarke says nine inmates have died in the state’s facilities since 2015 due to heroin or fentanyl overdoses. Clark says he wants that number “reduced to zero.” The other states participating in the program are Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey and Washington. View the original article: here.

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