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January 26, 2018 – Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky’s family did not discuss what killed his uncle in 2015. The man was young, not quite two weeks past his 45th birthday, when he died and had lost touch with loved ones in his final months. At the time, Ostrovsky wondered if his uncle had perhaps killed himself. Almost two years later, Ostrovsky was Medicaid’s chief medical officer, grappling professionally with an opioid crisis that kills about 115 Americans each day, when he learned the truth: His uncle had died of a drug overdose. Family members knew the uncle’s life had been turbulent for a while before his death; they’d watched as he divorced his wife and became estranged from his 4-year-old daughter and eventually lost his job as a furniture store manager.
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