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How a single payer system can help solve the US opioid crisis

September 23, 2019 / KATHERINE PETTUS

The US now has only a decade to achieve both universal health coverage and to prevent and treat substance abuse under the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Katherine Pettus argues that adopting a single-payer public health system is likely to be the only way to achieve these targets. Government procurement agencies, she writes, will also need to overcome the stigma attached to morphine for palliative care and the treatment of substance use disorder.