A tax to stop opioid abuse?

Sep 07, 2017
opioid tax

This year several states - including Massachusetts - have considered a tax on opioid-based prescription painkiller sales.

The proposals vary from state to state, but can involve taxing some combination of manufacturers, producers, importers, and distributors. The taxes can be based on gross receipts, the number of pills, or the amount of addicting substances in the drugs. Some proposals have exceptions for opioids used for hospice and cancer patients.

All of the proposals send the tax revenue to opioid addiction treatment or prevention.

Prescription monitoring for veterinarians?

Aug 25, 2017
veterinarians and the prescription drug monitoring program

New Hampshire, like most states, has a prescription drug monitoring database, which tracks the history of prescriptions for drugs with a greater risk for addiction and abuse, such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

Starting in 2016, all healthcare professionals in the state were required to check the database before writing a prescription for one of the painkillers it covers. That included health care professionals whose patients are furry and four-legged.

Number of uninsured drops, mixed results on costs

Dec 28, 2016

According to an annual report from the Insurance Department, the number of uninsured individuals in New Hampshire decreased from 9% in 2014 to 6% in 2015.

Most New Hampshire residents – 57% – got health insurance through an employer in 2015.  25% used Medicaid and/or Medicare.  The remainder purchased insurance individually, sometimes with government subsidies, or had other coverage, such as the military insurance Tricare.

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