Public Health Law Blog Archive

Apr 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

A Confusing Path Forward for Federal Regulation of Cannabidiol Products

posted on Thu, Apr 18 2019 3:01 pm by Mathew Swinburne

Dietary supplements and foods containing cannabidiol (CBD) are being sold over-the-counter throughout the United States. The over-the-counter sale of dietary supplements and foods containing CBD has created a lot of confusion regarding the legality of this practice because of CBD’s association with marijuana and recent changes in the 2018 Farm Bill.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Privacy Officers and Data Sharing: A Q&A with Network Attorney Sallie Milam

posted on Thu, Apr 11 2019 11:14 am by Sallie Milam

Building healthy communities requires access to relevant data from multiple sectors, including public health, health care, schools, human services, housing and law enforcement. Because they can be complex to navigate, federal and state laws governing data collection, use, and sharing can act as barriers to data use. With specialized knowledge in the use of data, privacy officers can help reduce this complexity, making data more accessible to the agencies they serve.

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New York City’s Public Health Emergency Order on Mandatory Measles Vaccinations – FAQs

posted on Thu, Apr 11 2019 9:31 am by The Network for Public Health Law

This week, New York City declared a public health emergency in response to a measles outbreak which has infected hundreds of residents, mostly children. The emergency declaration includes an order for mandatory MMR vaccinations affecting residents in select areas of Williamsburg and Brooklyn where most of the existing infections have arisen. Some see the order as an unusual exercise of public health authority. Our FAQ breaks down the key components of the mandate and the legal requirements.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Gaps in Federal and State Laws Leave Private Well Users Vulnerable to Drinking Water Contamination

posted on Tue, Apr 9 2019 10:52 am by Betsy Lawton

There are distinct differences in how U.S. laws do (or don’t) protect individuals from drinking water contamination. While a landmark federal law, the Safe Drinking Water Act, generally protects individuals who use a public water supply from exposure to unsafe levels of regulated contaminants, there is no similar protection for the approximately 45 million U.S. residents who rely on private wells for water. This gap in regulatory oversight increasingly burdens rural households, where the risk of exposure to nitrate contaminates is highest.

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