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This Week In Public Health: A GOP Snafu...And A Comeback For Methadone?

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Although the new(er) addiction treatments Vivitrol and Suboxone get more attention, methadone--which some regard as a relic from the '70s and '80s--still remains the most time-tested treatment for addiction to painkillers or heroin. With overdoses mounting, insurers and state governments are revisiting the oft-stigmatized treatment. Plus, Indiana's GOP doesn't get the response it was looking for on Obamacare, and could cannabis help your furry friend chill out?

This week from Side Effects:

Indiana GOP's call for "Obamacare horror stories" on Facebook gets hijacked by pro-ACA supporters Earlier this week, the Indiana GOP asked followers on Facebook to share their "Obamacare horror stories"--and they might have gotten more than they bargained for. The post was inundated with thousands of replies from Affordable Care Act supporters from across the country. “I’d say the only horror story is putting up this thread and not getting the reaction you wanted,” wrote one user

 

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Indiana Medicaid Picks Up Tab For Methadone Treatment Although the new(er) addiction treatments Vivitrol and Suboxone get more attention, methadone--which some regard as a relic from the '70s and '80s--still remains the most time-tested treatment for addiction to painkillers or heroin. With overdoses mounting, insurers and state governments are revisiting the oft-stigmatized treatment. Plus, Indiana's GOP doesn't get the response it was looking for on Obamacare, and could cannabis help your furry friend chill out?

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Who is Jerome Adams, Anyway? Donald Trump made Hoosiers do a double take last week when he nominated State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams for the nation's top doc position. This week, reporter Emily Foreman digs into how the state's response to an HIV outbreak crisis became the defining challenge of Adams' career.

What our reporters are reading elsewhere around the web:

Methadone Rehabs Its Image "The idea of giving opioids to an opioid addict was likened to giving women to a rapist," says one Obama-era drug administrator. But thanks to the opioid epidemic, communities are being forced to take a look at the stigma surrounding methadone. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on how the treatment got a bad rep--and how private insurers are starting to come around to methadone maintenance. 

Pot 4 Pups? Not everyone can be lucky enough to have a dog or cat that snoozes through the Fourth of July. Some owners of nervous pets have made the claim that, just like for some people, cannabidiol can calm jumpy animals' nerves. NPR asks: can a squirt of the marijuana extract help your fluffy friend chill?

One-Percenter Wellness Remember, way back in 2004, when luxury was more about hotels and restaurants and less about chakras and thyroids? This week, New York magazine drops 5,000 words on the luxury marketing machine that has made fecal transplants the new Birkin bag

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