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METHADONE AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG OVERDOSE

Methadone, a synthetic opioid medication used to treat narcotic drug addiction and to manage pain, has become a significant contributor to prescription drug overdoses. Preferred drug lists in most Medicaid programs identify methadone as a preferred drug for managing chronic pain, but most experts do not recommend it as a first choice.

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WORKFORCE STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE CHILDREN'S ORAL HEALTH

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for children. As millions receive dental coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the demand for dental services is expected to strain the current workforce’s ability to meet their needs. States have adopted strategies to improve access to dental care for underserved populations.

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PRESERVING PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE

The federal government attempted to resurrect passenger rail service by forming Amtrak in 1971. Today, the federal government and many states continue to find value in passenger rail transportation. State legislatures are using a variety of approaches to ensure quality passenger rail options.

 

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REDUCING LIES IN ELECTIONS

Regulating false statements in elections are the subject of much debate. Proponents of the regulations argue that false statements decrease voter participation and confidence in elections. Opponents argue that these laws indicate a lack of trust in voters’ ability to determine what is true or false.

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If you need to be informed, you need LegisBriefs.  Concise. Easy-to-read. Informative. For people who want to know all sides of the emerging issues. Each two-page report gives you a wealth of insight into the issues that affect the states.  As a subscriber you'll get 48 briefs a year - that's 48 of the most important topics Americans care about.  Visit the Bookstore to learn more and subscribe. LegisBriefs are complimentary to all state legislators and legislative staff - contact NCSL for more information.

 


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