Melissa Lerner

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The first quarter of 2016 has witnessed a great deal of attention in government to the problem of opioid-related overdose and death in the United States. In just the past few weeks, the Senate passed prescription drug treatment and abuse prevention legislation—the Federal Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), Senate Bill 524—while two states—Massachusetts and Wisconsin—enacted legislation establishing new rules and procedures for the prescribing, use, and disposal of controlled substances. The Centers for…