In medical news:

President Obama released an order yesterday giving federal agencies with health care responsibilities 90 days to identify barriers to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders and to come up with ways to remove them. The President stated that obsolete methods of abstinence-only addiction treatment were hurting Americans and flying in the face of current evidence – which shows that the country’s prescription opioid and heroin problems are reaching epidemic proportions. The FDA-approved medications that are barred by advocates of abstinence include methadone and buprenorphine, the latter of which was approved more than a decade ago, yet still faces stiff resistance. This move is consistent with previous federal efforts. Back in February, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy announced that drug courts which barred addicts from receiving MAT would no longer receive federal funding.

Read further coverage from the Huffington Post here. Read the order via WhiteHouse.gov here.

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