Public Health Law Blog Archive

Apr 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New Mexico’s 2015 Novel Motorcycle Helmet Legislation: Rider’s Choice or Responsibility?

posted on Wed, Apr 29 2015 11:31 am by Colleen Healy

States are receiving greater pushback against universal motorcycle helmet laws, which require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets, despite evidence that suggests that universal helmet laws are a proven way to save lives and money. In response to the pushback, an new approach to motorcycle helmet laws was developed to allow motorcyclists to pay a higher registration fee if they wish to ride helmet-free.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Indiana’s HIV Outbreak: Needle Exchange as Preventive Measure

posted on Tue, Apr 28 2015 10:57 am by Corey Davis

Scott County, Indiana appears to be in the midst of an HIV epidemic triggered by the sharing of syringes for injecting prescription opioids, particularly the medication oxymorphone. Indiana governor Mike Pence responded on March 26 by declaring a public health emergency in the county that, among other things, essentially legalized syringe exchange for county residents. The right steps are being taken in Indiana, but there are a number of issues that could work against the preventive measures. 

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Stress Reduction Programs and Their Potential to Contribute to Public Health

posted on Wed, Apr 15 2015 12:50 pm by Brittney Bauerly

Americans consistently report living with a level of stress that is higher than what they believe is healthy. Meditation and other mind-body techniques have the potential to reduce stress and to improve health outcomes.

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