Public health officials, attorneys, policy-makers and advocates have reached out to the Network with requests for legal assistance. Below are some of these requests and the responses given by Network attorneys. To protect privacy, names are not included in the examples. In addition, the Network will not share an example if a requestor asks for his or her request to be withheld.
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Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) can help clinicians improve decisions regarding opioid prescribing. However, since state laws and regulations governing access to these systems often apply only to providers licensed in the states in which the PDMP is located, and many federal health care workers are not so licensed, many federal providers are not subject to requirements. This fact sheet outlines the policies of the three federal health care institutions with regard to the use of PDMPs when prescribing opioids.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have now modified their laws to increase access to naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose to heroin or other opioid painkillers. The Network was recently asked about the number of states in which naloxone can be purchased “over the counter”. While there are a wide variety of steps that states, localities, and private businesses can take to increase access to naloxone, they cannot make it available “over the counter” or “without a prescription.”
The Network was contacted by a requester seeking information about Michigan’s return-to-play law. The requester wanted to know what sort of provision the law has for enforcing the requirements and dealing with possible violations.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia now have some form of youth sports-related TBI law. All of the state laws contain provisions about returning an athlete to the playing field, but only seven states have provisions that adrdress returning an athlete to the classroom after concussion.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries. The Network recently received a request for information on motorcycle safety helmet laws in all 50 states.
The Network received a question from a health official who asked if the Network could refer her to resources on statewide bicycle laws.
The Network recently received a request related to state adoption of specific provisions of sports concussion laws.
The Network received a request from a public health practitioner working on policy that would establish a licensure system for recreational therapists in her state.