National Drugs Take Back Day is April 27

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The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has announced its next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On Saturday, April 27, 2024, communities across the country can drop off unneeded, unwanted, and old medications at locations in their area. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse, especially opioid prescriptions. Most people who […]

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NAHC/NHPCO Submit Joint Statement on Drug Disposal Provisions of Senate HELP Bill

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–Committee Takes Testimony, Announces Plans to “Mark Up” Opioid Legislation Efforts to move federal legislation to address the opioid crisis picked up speed Wednesday with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) taking testimony from experts in the field of substance abuse disorder and announcing its plans to hold a markup on April […]

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Update on Efforts to Curb Opioid Abuse and Impact on Hospice, Palliative Care

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The increasing recognition that abuse of opioids and other controlled substances is growing at epic proportions has prompted policymakers at the state and – more recently — federal levels to explore a wide variety of options for addressing this crisis.  The Trump Administration and multiple Congressional committees have ongoing initiatives in this important subject area.  […]

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NAHC Supports Bill to Permit Disposal of Unused Hospice Meds in the Home

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has written a letter to Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI-7) to support his introduction of H.R. 5041, the Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act, bipartisan legislation to permit safe disposal of unused hospice medication in the home by qualified personnel. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12) and Richard Hudson […]

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The Health Care Implications of the 2018 State of the Union Address

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Though discussions and bare-knuckled legislative battles over health care dominated much of 2017, President Trump touched on the subject only briefly during his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 30. On the subject of the Affordable Care Act, which Trump and the Republicans failed to overturn in 2017, the President boasted of […]

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