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Krysta Scripter

The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug overdose crisis in modern U.S. history. Here are 5 things you should know.

Thousands of Nevadans living in rural communities and underserved areas have limited access to healthcare. The remoteness can also make it difficult for primary care providers treating people with opioid-use disorders. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports that teleconferencing could help bridge the gap.

About ten specialists in Reno have gathered to provide mentorship to primary care providers. What’s different here is that those providers are scattered across the state and they’re communicating via teleconference. 

Michelle Matus

The Trump Administration declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency last week. There are millions of people in the U.S. struggling with an opioid-use disorder. Effective treatment can help people with opioid addiction get clean.

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Senate Republicans failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and a few GOP leaders have said they’re moving on to other priorities. But there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the future of the nation’s health care system. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray checks in with Director of Health Policy Research at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine John Packham to break down how the ongoing tension in Washington is affecting our state.

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After failing to pass a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Republican leaders are working to garner support for a more scaled down version dubbed the 'skinny repeal.' 

A vote on health care legislation is expected Tuesday, but the details are murky. Political scientist Fred Lokken says it's unclear how Republican Senator Dean Heller will vote.

“He is now in the classical ‘damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t’ situation,” Lokken explains, “because if he does not support the state that becomes a huge issue. Frankly, it could play very heavily moving forward in his reelection campaign. If he does stand by his state, he could be targeted by the Trump PAC. A candidate could be put in the primary race to try to beat him for the nomination.”

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Republicans in the U.S. Senate are expected to soon release the first draft of a bill aimed at replacing the Affordable Care Act, and healthcare advocates in Nevada are discussing what those changes could mean for rural parts of the state.

Elizabeth Katseanes says she would possibly be homeless right now if it hadn't been for the state's expansion of Medicaid.

"I got sick and I was unable to do my job as an aesthetician and I could not qualify for insurance because I didn't have income even though I had savings and that was my only option," says Katseanes.

Marijuana has been used medicinally for thousands of years, but since about 1900, the plant has been politicized and vilified to the point that current decisions about it are still being impacted by decisions made a century ago. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno takes a historic look back at the drug and the controversy surrounding it. 

 

Washoe County Sheriff's Office

Washoe County is facing a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of a man who died during a struggle with deputies at the county jail. The suit comes just after the Reno Gazette-Journal reported an investigative series on a spike in deaths at the jail. Let's turn to our News Director Michelle Billman and Bob Conrad of ThisisReno to learn more.

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