Privacy Vs Appropriate Care for Substance Abuse Issues Lawmakers hear pros and cons of proposed changes to federal confidentiality law

WASHINGTON — The director of policy for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio told a House subcommittee Tuesday that his brother’s death could have been prevented had medical professionals known of his history of substance abuse.

“They gave a loaded gun to a person who’s suicidal,” said Dustin McKee, of the doctors who prescribed opioids to his brother, Brandon Johnathan McKee.