Kentucky Could Become the First State to Tax Opioid Prescriptions

It's not for addiction treatment or prevention, but to fill revenue gaps in the state budget.

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Kentucky could become the first state to tax opioid prescriptions

Lawmakers in Kentucky are weighing whether to impose a new tax on opioid prescriptions, the latest effort in a string of so-far failed attempts to pull new revenue from the painkillers that helped seed a nationwide addiction crisis.

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Andrew Joseph writes about health and medicine for STAT.