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Opinion: Congress should listen to addiction patients — not corporate interests — about confidentiality

Proposed changes to health record privacy rules will benefit corporate entities, not patients.

America has an addiction problem: 28 million Americans use illicit drugs and 65 million are considered binge or heavy drinkers, which can lead to numerous health problems. More than 115 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses. Add in those who die as a result of other drugs or alcohol and the number skyrockets to more than 400 a day.

Yet less than of people with addiction will receive treatment for it. This constitutes a of epic proportions — and one that has been present for decades.

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