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JT Weekly- Other Headlines of Interest

Top headlines of the week from Friday, April 4- Thursday, April 10, 2014. …

Largest Health Insurer in Massachusetts Has Cut Narcotic Prescriptions

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state’s largest health insurer, announced it has reduced prescriptions of narcotic painkillers by about 6.6 million pills in the past 18 months. …

Treatment for Heroin Addiction Can Be Difficult to Find, Experts Say

People seeking treatment for heroin addiction face a number of obstacles, including a lack of treatment beds, expensive care, and insurance companies that refuse to pay for inpatient rehab, according to ABC News. …

States That Don’t Expand Medicaid Leave Millions of Mentally Ill Uninsured: Report

About 3.7 million Americans, who live in states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, suffer from mental illness, psychological distress or a substance use disorder and don’t have health insurance, according to a recent report. …

Legalized Marijuana Spurs Conflicts Between Employers and Workers

Employers in states where marijuana is legal for medicinal or recreational use must decide how to handle employees who use the drug when they are not on duty, USA Today reports. …

Handheld Device That Delivers Opioid Overdose Treatment Approved by FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a handheld device that delivers a single dose of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, The New York Times reports. …

Medicaid Law That Limits Available Beds Impedes Addiction Treatment

Major obstacles remain to expanded treatment for addiction through the Medicaid program, according to USA Today. Although the Affordable Care Act requires treatment be offered to people who are newly insured through insurance exchanges or Medicaid, experts say a federal law is limiting available beds nationwide. …

Democratic Governors Resist Supporting Marijuana Legalization

Democratic governors around the country are reluctant to support the legalization of marijuana, despite enthusiasm for the idea among voters in their party. The New York Times reports the governors are concerned about managing legalization, as well as being perceived as being soft on crime by Republicans. …

Poison Control Centers Receiving More Calls for Nicotine Poisoning From E-Cigarettes

Poison control centers are reporting an increase in the number of calls they are receiving for nicotine poisoning from e-cigarettes. This February, centers received 215 calls, compared with about one per month in 2010. …