Public Health Law Blog Archive

Feb 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

Heroin Use and Bloodborne Disease Infections: Anticipating a Public Health Risk

posted on Fri, Feb 27 2015 10:44 am by Corey Davis

A number of those addicted to prescription drugs eventually move from swallowing pills to injecting drugs. This switch increases the risk of bloodborne illnesses from shared needles. Syringe access programs can help prevent the spread of bloodborne diseases.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission and Health Data Privacy: What Public Health Needs to Know

posted on Wed, Feb 18 2015 2:45 pm by Jennifer Bernstein

In 2010, the FTC began enforcing the Health Breach Notification Rule to require certain businesses not covered by HIPAA to notify their customers and others if there’s a breach of unsecured, individually identifiable electronic health information — called personal health records (PHRs).

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Measles Control Made Easy: Stronger Laws Equal Less Disease

posted on Wed, Feb 4 2015 3:15 pm by Anna C. Dragsbaek

Strong laws lead to high immunization rates, which in turn lead to lower incidences of disease. Some diseases have been nearly eradicated such as polio, rubella, and until recently, measles. However, over the past two decades there has been a weakening of immunization laws in many states. When immunization laws are weak, it puts the public's health at risk.  

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Raw Milk: It’s All Fun and Games Till There’s a Campylobacter Outbreak

posted on Tue, Feb 3 2015 1:33 pm by Mathew Swinburne

The CDC published a report this month that shows foodborne illness outbreaks associated with raw milk are on the rise. There are clear health risks associated with consuming raw milk and the federal government prohibits its sale and transport in interstate commerce. However, states have chosen different legal approaches to regulating this product within their borders.

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Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs—Why Don’t We Actually Utilize Them?

posted on Tue, Feb 3 2015 11:34 am by Kim Weidenaar

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) are state run databases used to prevent and uncover prescription drug abuse. But depsite their wide operations, PDMPs prescribers rarely use them.

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