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  • Obamacare did not cause the opioid epidemic

    Vox - 03/23/2017

    There’s also a case to be made that better insurance coverage could have prevented the rise in opioid deaths. As Northeastern University drug policy expert Leo Beletsky pointed out and others have argued, one of the big reasons that doctors resorted to opioid painkillers to treat their patients’ pain in the first place is because painkillers offered a cheap, easy answer, particularly compared to other pain treatments, such as physical therapy, which would have been more work and perhaps too costly. Better insurance could have made the better solutions to pain more affordable, avoiding the move toward opioids in the first place. (Although this possibility needs more study.)

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