Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post Published 5:25 pm, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 San Francisco will begin supplying anti-addiction medication to long-term drug users and homeless people on city streets, an attempt to overcome a formidable obstacle to treatment that has complicated efforts to address the opioid crisis. The city is scheduled to announce Thursday that its medical providers will offer buprenorphine and naltrexone prescriptions at needle exchanges, in parks and in other places where people with opioid disorders congregate. Users will be able to pick up the medications, which block the craving for opioids and the painful symptoms of withdrawal, at a centrally-located city-run pharmacy. The city is billing the plan as the first of its kind in the United States, though a few other communities have tried similar programs over the years. "If we're going to save people's lives, we can't wait for addicts to come to us. We have to go to them and engage. And offer. And give … [Read more...] about San Francisco will bring anti-addiction medication to users on the streets
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump's plan to lower drug prices, calling it "the most far-reaching comprehensive plan to get at drug-price reduction in American history." "In terms of those critics, they can't read and listen, and they're not understanding," Azar told Erin Burnett on CNN. "The president is bringing, as he promised, the power of Medicare to negotiate on behalf of seniors." President Trump last Friday announced a program that would eliminate "dishonest double-dealing" among drug distributers that results in higher prices at the consumer level. His plan will also get rid of a rule that bars pharmacists from telling consumers how they can save money on prescriptions, and it will allow the FDA to speed up the approval process of new over-the-counter medications. Trump accused foreign countries of paying lower prices for drugs, a practice that forces Americans to pay more money to make up the difference. Azar told … [Read more...] about HHS Chief Defends Trump’s Plan to Cut Drug Prices
POLITICS 05/16/2018 06:19 pm ET The measure’s passage is a significant victory for voting rights advocates. By Sam Levine The Louisiana Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would allow people on parole and probation for felonies to vote after a five-year waiting period. The measure’s passage is a significant victory for voting rights advocates. Louisiana currently does not allow people serving probation or parole for felony sentences to vote at all. In 2016, The Sentencing Project found that over 69,000 people in Louisiana were disenfranchised while serving on probation or parole, amounting to about 64 percent of the total population disenfranchised because of a felony conviction. The bill will now go back to the Louisiana House of Representatives to be reconciled with an amendment stipulating that people convicted of certain election crimes be excluded from the measure. The House has already approved the bill. In Wednesday remarks on the Senate … [Read more...] about Louisiana Lawmakers Approve Restoring Voting Rights To People On Probation And Parole
POLITICS 05/16/2018 06:55 pm ET The president also asked the attorney general to charge the mayor of Oakland with obstruction of justice for warning residents about planned immigration arrests. By Elise Foley 2.7k WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump called on the Department of Justice to prosecute a political opponent and called immigrants “animals” during a roundtable with California leaders on Wednesday. “We’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are,” he said. “These aren’t people. These are animals.” The livestreamed roundtable at the White House centered on so-called sanctuary policies, which limit local law enforcement cooperation with federal deportation efforts. His dehumanizing comments about immigrants weren’t new, nor was his attack on a Democratic politician. The most remarkable thing about both of them was that in the Trump era, … [Read more...] about Trump Refers To Immigrants As ‘Animals.’ Again.
President Trump prompted confusion when he tweeted Sunday about saving a Chinese telecommunications company, ZTE, and Chinese jobs — which seemed to go against his promise to be tough on China amid a huge trade deficit with the United States, and to save American jobs. However, his tweet and subsequent ones appear to be part of the second round of U.S.-China trade talks that will begin this week in Washington. The talks, which are scheduled to take place Thursday and Friday, are high-stakes and expected to involve some tough bargaining. Here are the top five things you need to know about the ZTE dispute: 1. First, what is ZTE? ZTE, which stands for Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment, is a Chinese multinational telecommunications company that provides wireless networks in China and makes smartphones, tablets, computers, and other products that are sold all over the world — not unlike Verizon in the U.S. ZTE is the fourth-largest seller of phones in the U.S. The company … [Read more...] about Top Five Things to Know About Chinese Company ZTE and Trump’s Tweets