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Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

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

New York State has implemented a number of provisions aimed at limiting the potential for prescription drug abuse from theft, forgery, and over-prescription. The primary vehicle used to address opioid use was the 2012 Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) law. The final part of the law recently went into effect and requires doctors to transmit prescriptions for controlled substances through a computer based E-Prescription process.

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

Vehicle safety technology like airbags and seat belts have saved an estimated 600,000 or more lives, but about 30,000 motor vehicle crash deaths still occur each year in the United States. Autonomous or “self-driving cars” that can proactively avoid crashes have the potential to save lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is in the process of developing guidance and model state policy for the deployment of autonomous technology. 


Medical Marijuana Laws

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have passed or enacted comprehensive medical marijuana programs. Seventeen states have adopted limited access marijuana product laws. Legal provisions are outlined in our Medical Marijuana Programs Table and our Limited Access Medical Marijuana Laws Table.


Addressing Socioeconomic Barriers to Health Equity through Law: A Preview of the 2016 Public Health Law Conference

Laws and policies can be used to address some of the socioeconomic factors that contribute to poor health outcomes. In this April 21 webinar, which previews three sessions from the upcoming 2016 Public Health Law Conference, panelists will discuss the conditions that led to Flint water crisis, explore issues in healthy and safe housing, and examine the connection between jails and mental health. CLE credits are available for some attendees.

Ask the Experts

Zika Virus and Emergency Legal Preparedness

The Zika virus can be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her fetus, and has been positively associated with microcephaly and other birth defects. Zika garnered international attention after an outbreak beginning late in 2014 in Brazil and other Latin American countries generated huge global concerns about possible links to thousands of alleged cases of microcephaly in the region. The Network recently received a request for emergency legal preparedness information related to Zika virus in the United States.

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Healthy People 2030 – Call for Nominations

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is seeking public health experts to serve as members of the Healthy People 2030 Advisory Committee. In addition to traditional areas like epidemiology and policy, public health law is included in the specific specialty areas of expertise to be considered for the Advisory Committee. Nominations will be accepted until 6 p.m. ET on Monday, April 18, 2016. 

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