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The Food and Drug Administration has today made an important advance in helping to save lives when overdoses from drugs known as opioids occur: the approval of a drug that can actually reverse that overdose.Opioids include legal prescription drugs, such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone with acetaminophen), used to treat pain, as well as illegal street drugs, such as heroin. In 2010, overdoses of prescription opioids were linked to 16,651 deaths and heroin was linked to 3,036 deaths in the United States.
Cross-posted from blog.AIDS.gov
By Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, and Health and Human Services are working hard every day to implement the President’s August 31, 2012, Executive Order by removing barriers, improving access and investing in research to improve the science and understanding of mental health care and treatment for Veterans, service members and their families.
Cross-posted from HHS.gov/HealthCare BlogPosted March 17, 2014 • By Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesAs this historic open enrollment period enters its final weeks, millions of Americans are finding quality, affordable coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Fernando Valdez and Denise Schroeder were part of a weekend wave of consumers signing up for new coverage and bringing enrollment nationwide to more than 5 million through the Federal and State-based Marketplaces since
More Americans every day are finding quality, affordable coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Today, we announced that enrollment in the Marketplace continued to rise in February to a five-month total of 4.2 million. These numbers demonstrate that our aggressive outreach is helping to make a difference –with millions of Americans now enjoying the peace of mind that comes with new coverage.