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California Representatives Urge House Speaker to Continue MAT Coverage

This week, sixteen of California’s Representatives to the U.S. Congress  jointly wrote to House Speaker Paul Ryan concerning the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic. In the letter they noted that an estimated 2 million people in the U.S. are addicted to opioids, with 78 Americans dying of an overdose each day. Opioid abuse is estimated to cost more than $55 billion annually, including lost workplace productivity and costs in the health care and criminal justice systems. The representatives urged Speaker Ryan to ensure the continued coverage of medication-assisted treatment for individuals working to overcome their addiction to opioids.