Patriots coach Bill Belichick loves talking lacrosse with Baltimore media

Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Obama administration expands access to heroin treatment drug

Obama administration expands access to heroin treatment drug

The Obama administration will nearly triple the number of patients a doctor may treat with the controversial heroin addiction drug buprenorphine, a move that public health officials say may expand access to treatment in heavily addicted cities such as Baltimore.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will formally announce a long-anticipated regulation Wednesday to permit physicians to treat up to 275 patients with the drug — considered safer and more convenient than methadone — compared with the current, 100-patient cap. The change, which does not require approval from Congress, will take effect in early August.

Supporters have sought for years to lift...

48°