Public Health Law Blog Archive

Apr 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Race, Sentencing Reform and the Opioid Epidemic

posted on Wed, Apr 27 2016 1:52 pm by Chris Hill

Lawmakers are considering criminal justice reform bills such as the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 which, among other things, reduces mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses. Evidence shows that treatment, not prison time, is the effective way to address drug addiction.

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April Public Health Law News Roundup

posted on Wed, Apr 27 2016 1:27 pm by The Network

A number of major public health issues were in the news in April ― from paid family leave and elevated concerns about the Zika virus, to the Flint water crisis and a ban on chewing tobacco at sports venues ― federal, state and local law and policy efforts were in the headlines.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Prospect of Self-Driving Cars and Preparing for A Regulatory Response

posted on Tue, Apr 12 2016 1:20 pm by Eric Schulman and Jon Vernick

Each year there remain about 30,000 motor vehicle traffic crash deaths in the United States. A set of new technological innovations—combining to form the concept of autonomous or "self-driving" cars—could save many more lives. Driverless cars will undoubtedly force not only manufacturers to innovate and consumers to adapt, but also regulators to respond to a changing traffic environment

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Monday, April 11, 2016

New York’s I-STOP Law: Reducing Opioid Abuse via E-Prescriptions

posted on Mon, Apr 11 2016 4:59 pm by Matthew Saria and Kim Weidenaar

Roughly 46 Americans die each day from overdose on prescription painkillers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone. New York State has implemented a number of provisions aimed at limiting the potential for prescription drug abuse from theft, forgery, and over-prescription, primarily through the 2012 Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) law. Recently, the final part of New York's I-STOP law went into effect, mandating that doctors exclusively use E-Prescriptions.

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