Legislative committee to study opioid addiction

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Legislative committee to study opioid addiction

Lawmakers will look at how other communities acted to combat growing problem
A novel class of deadly drugs is exploding across the country, with many manufactured in China for export around the world. The drugs, synthetic opioids, are fueling the deadliest addiction crisis the U.S. has ever seen.
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The purpose of the Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study Committee will be to educate lawmakers on the scope and impact of opioid addiction in Colorado and to create legislation to curb the issue.
Two issues of particular interest are the impact of prescription opioid medication on future abuse and overdose and the price of emergency medicines used to counteract overdoses, such as Naloxone, commonly known as Narcan.
“I’m concerned that some of the kits, for almost mandatory sale to our government emergency responders, are being inflated beyond what is reasonable,” said Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs.
A study published last year by the New England Journal of Medicine identified price increases by several manufacturers, including Evzio, a drug manufacturer that increased the price of a two-pack auto injector from $690 in 2014, to $4,500 in 2016.
The connection between marijuana usage and other substance abuse will also be scrutinized.
“There’s still a lot of us who believe that, but it’s sort of politically not acceptable anymore,” he said.
Lambert said he doesn’t know if there is a connection between legalization of pot and opioid addiction, but he would like additional information.
Experts do not connect marijuana use to opioid addiction and some actually point to it being a replacement for addictive pain medication.
A 2014 study led by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that states with legalized medical marijuana have up to 25 percent fewer opioid overdose cases.

Legislative committee to study opioid addiction

A novel class of deadly drugs is exploding across the country, with many manufactured in China for export around the world. The drugs, synthetic opioids, are fueling the deadliest addiction crisis the U.S. has ever seen.
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