By Vann R. Newkirk II

May 26, 2017

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The middle of an unprecedented nationwide opioid epidemic might seem like a

strange time to slash public funding for substance abuse, but that's exactly

what Republicans intend to do.

 

The American Health Care Act, which passed the House in early May and will

soon be debated in some form in the Senate, will mark a major shift in

national policy for opioid treatment, as well as for mental health,

behavioral health, and substance abuse across the board. And it would come

just after the Affordable Care Act began to create the first semblance of a

true national safety net for those health issues.