The Democratic candidates for President addressed opioid overprescribing and the recent rise in prescription drug costs in their debate on Saturday. Bernie Sanders said that reigning in doctors needs to be a major priority, as does prompt and accessible addiction treatment. Hillary Clinton echoed Sanders’ perspective, and added that expanding naloxone training and availability for all members of law enforcement could help curb death rates. Sanders also expressed his desire for further health care reform to cut costs and improve care for patients that fall through the cracks. According to Sanders, the reason that the U.S. doesn’t yet have a single-payer healthcare system “ties into campaign finance reform – the insurance companies and the drug companies are bribing the U.S. Congress,” he said. “We need to pass a ‘Medicare for All’ single-payer system[…]it will lower the cost of healthcare for a middle-class family by thousands of dollars a year.”
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