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Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Access

Legal Resource: Naloxone Access and Good Samaritan Laws

Prescription opioids such as oxycontin and hydrocodone now account for more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. Opioid overdose is typically reversible through the timely administration of the drug naloxone. Our updated resource explains how naloxone access and Good Samaritan laws can help reduce overdose mortality.

View the resource.

Colorado’s Third Party Naloxone Legislation

In Colorado, overdoses from opiate prescription drugs have tripled in the last 10 years, and account for as many annual deaths as car accidents. This year, the state passed legislation to expand access to naloxone. Lisa Raville, Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Action Center, describes the efforts of public health advocates, lawmakers and others to combat overdoses in their state.

Read more about Colorado's legislation.

Public Health Law Webinar: Efforts, Challenges and Successes of Reducing Sodium Consumption

Ninety percent of Americans typically consume more than the recommended daily intake limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium (about one teaspoon of salt). Researchers estimate that reducing this intake by 1,200 mg would prevent up to 92,000 deaths and save up to $24 billion in health care costs each year. The next Public Health Law webinar will address sodium reduction as a public health goal, provide insight on implementation issues from regulatory and voluntary reduction aspects, and discuss the successes and best practices that have resulted in notable sodium reduction measures. The webinar takes place on Thursday, July 18 at 1 p.m. ET.

Learn more about the webinar and register.

From the Public Health Law Blog

Undocumented Immigrants and Health Care

There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in America. Their status often limits their ability to get adequate health care, treatments and vaccinations, and creates serious public health challenges including disease control and prevention. This new post offers some solutions to improving the health of this population and our nation.

Read more about undocumented immigrants and health care.

Thinking Critically About HIPAA Security Compliance

Health departments could pay a high price for HIPAA violations. Network Attorney Jennifer Bernstein examines HIPAA’s Privacy Rule and Security Rule, where vulnerabilities may lay for health agencies, and explains why it’s important for them to start critically assessing their entire organizational implementation of HIPAA.

Read more about HIPAA compliance.

Ask the Experts:

Licensures for Recreational Therapists

The Network recently received a request from a public health practitioner working on policy that would establish a licensure system for recreational therapists in her state. The practitioner asked the Network for more information on negligence cases involving recreational therapists. The Network researched cases related to negligence and/or malpractice of recreational therapists and provided the practitioner a summary of relevant cases, with specific facts about each.

Read more.

Contact the Network to ask a question.

Public Health Law Mentorship Program

The Network for Public Health Law is launching a new mentorship program in collaboration with Student Network chapters across the U.S. Participating students attending law or graduate school will be matched with public health law professionals. Mentees will gain valuable insights beyond education and experience. Mentors will have the opportunity to share their passion for the field and create a lasting career network.

Learn more about the mentorship program.

Aspen Institute Justice and Society Program

A new initiative of the Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program will bring together teams of policy makers across governmental agencies in eight states for a year-long series of retreats and training to deepen their capacity to work together to address public health issues. The states include Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington.

Learn more about this program.

Commission to Build a Healthier America

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America was created to help identify ways beyond health careto improve the health of Americans. On June 19, the Commission held a public meeting in Washington D.C. where experts provided testimony on innovative strategies, programs and key research on ways to improve public health.

Watch a video of the meeting and download the reports.

Public Health Law Research

PHLR has released its 2013 call for proposals (CFP), which is aimed at building the evidence base for strengthening the use of regulatory, legal, and policy solutions to improve public health. Awards are available for short-term studies, and complex and comprehensive studies.

Learn more about PHLR call for proposals.

Network People

Max Gakh is Visiting Attorney at the American Public Health Association. Max is committed to improving public health by strengthening connections between law, policy and public health. Max received his M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where his research interests included legal tools that can be utilized to improve the public’s health.


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The Network for Public Health Law provides information and technical assistance on issues related to public health. The legal information and assistance provided in this document does not constitute legal advice or legal representation. For legal advice, readers should consult a lawyer in their state.