Public Health Law Blog Archive

Aug 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Proposed Federal Legislation Seeks to Increase Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment

posted on Mon, Aug 31 2015 12:02 pm by Derek Carr

Most medical practitioners receive little to no training in treating chronic pain or the appropriate prescribing of controlled substances. In recent years, some states have instituted mandatory continuing medical education requirements on these topics. While this is an important step, health experts agree that these efforts must be combined with other best practices.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2015 School Vaccination Legislative Review

posted on Wed, Aug 19 2015 11:52 am by Andy Baker-White

In several state legislatures, bills were introduced to remove non-medical exemptions (i.e., personal belief and religious exemptions) or improve the process by which the exemptions are granted.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Pill Bottles and Prescription Drug Poisonings

posted on Mon, Aug 17 2015 3:45 pm by Jon S. Vernick

Recently, students at the Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering developed a new device intended to prevent unauthorized access to prescription drugs. The tamper-resistant pill dispenser is equipped with a fingerprint reading device, similar to those on some popular smart phones, to ensure that only the person for whom the drugs were prescribed could operate it.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Movement to Certify Community Health Workers

posted on Tue, Aug 11 2015 11:49 am by Leila Barraza and Andrea Logue

At their core, community health workers (CHWs) are individuals who work or volunteer in communities where they share the language, socioeconomic status, and cultural experiences of the populations they serve. CHWs fill a vital role in increasing access to health care, but few states have enacted laws to establish CHW certification programs.

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