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Public Health Reports: Where Next for Opioids and the Law? Despair, Harm Reduction, Lawsuits, and Regulatory Reform

In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Dr. Scott Burris of Temple University College of Public Health considers ways lawmakers can contribute to solving the opioid crisis, including tax code changes to reduce the underlying “despair,” lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, providing legal framework for wider adoption of harms reduction, and deregulation of methadone/buprenorphine treatment.

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Public Health Reports is the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service and has been published since 1878. It is published bimonthly, plus supplement issues, through an official agreement with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. The journal is peer-reviewed and publishes original research and commentaries in the areas of public health practice and methodology, original research, public health law, and public health schools and teaching. Issues contain regular commentaries by the U.S. Surgeon General and executives of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health.