According to NPR, a January report found that 40% of U.S. counties do not have a single health care provider approved to prescribe buprenorphine, a medicine essential to helping many patients beat opioid addiction. But under the national emergency declared by the Trump administration in March, the government has suspended a federal law that required patients to have an in-person visit with a physician before they could be prescribed drugs that help quell withdrawal symptoms, such as Suboxone. Patients can now get those prescriptions via a phone call or videoconference with a doctor. Addiction experts are calling it a welcome advance.
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