Former Drug Czar Says GOP Health Bill Would Cut Access To Addiction Treatment

Michael Botticelli, former director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on attacking America’s epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse.

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Michael Botticelli, former director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on attacking America’s epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse.

Alex Brandon/AP

Michael Botticelli served as President Obama’s director of National Drug Control Policy, and pushed Congress to pass a funding measure last year making more money available for the treatment of opioid addiction.

Now he’s concerned that the proposed Republican health plan will reduce access to health services for people with addiction.

“We know that people with addiction, and particularly in the opioid epidemic, need access to high quality health care in general,” Botticelli told NPR.

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Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/15/520270916/former-drug-czar-say-gop-health-bill-would-cut-access-to-addiction-treatment?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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