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Congress: Close Medicare’s dangerous gaps in coverage for addiction treatment

(By Brian Hurley and Paul N. Samuels for STAT)

While many people immediately picture young adults when thinking about the current addiction and overdose epidemic, this crisis is affecting all generations. In fact, more than 7 million older Americans struggle with substance use disorders. Opioid use disorder, in particular, has skyrocketed among Medicare beneficiaries, with opioid overdose death rates rising higher among people 65 and older than in any other age group. Continue reading here…

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