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Inslee's Strategy to Tackle Heroin Epidemic: First Deal With Misuse of Pain Pills

Inslee's Strategy to Tackle Heroin Epidemic: First Deal With Misuse of Pain Pills

Gov. Jay Inslee announced executive actions aimed at preventing the overprescription and misuse of prescription pain pills, improving treatment availability for people dealing with opioid addiction, and making overdoses less deadly. Inslee said his office will work with health insurers to better include drug-treatment programs. Dr. Ray Hsiao, a specialist in addiction psychiatry at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the past president of the Washington State Medical Association, said it was critical to better integrate basic medical care, mental health and addiction treatment.

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