Public Health Law Blog Archive

Dec 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Public Health Law News Round-up – November and December

posted on Tue, Dec 20 2016 3:44 pm by The Network

Some of the public health issues that made news headlines recently include President Obama’s signing of the 21st Century CURES Act, tobacco 21 laws, FDA warnings to tobacco manufacturers and voter response to proposed marijuana laws and soda tax propositions.

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Public Health and the Judiciary: Sobriety Courts

posted on Tue, Dec 20 2016 11:04 am by Colleen Healy

For the past two decades, alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes have been responsible for approximately one third of all U.S. crash fatalities. Alcohol-impaired driving is a complex and persistent public health problem requiring multi-faceted legal solutions that address both the causes and consequences of impaired driving. Drug courts - particularly DUI, DWI, and sobriety courts - are designed specifically to protect safety while addressing the root causes of impaired driving.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Federal Efforts to Improve Access to Treatment for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

posted on Wed, Dec 7 2016 1:08 pm by Hector Hernandez-Delgado

In recent months, the federal government has redoubled these efforts by expanding on initiatives that improve access to treatment for individuals with substance use disorders (SUD). A key component of these efforts focuses on implementing and enforcing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which requires most health insurance plans to treat mental health and SUD benefits on equal footing with- medical and surgical benefits

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