Primer: Opioid-related Public Health Emergency Declarations

This Primer on Opioid-related Public Health Emergencies provides key information and visual snapshots of federal, state, tribal, and local emergency declarations in response to the opioid crisis across the U.S. 

 

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Fact Sheet: Declared States of Emergency - Opioid Crisis

High rates of morbidity and mortality among Americans related to opioid use have lead multiple jurisdictions to declare a formal state of emergency and public health emergency. Declaring a state of emergency grants states and localities additional resources to address the epidemic immediately. This Fact Sheet provides a brief summary of the emergency declarations in six states, and the Primer provides a visual snapshot and synopses of state-and tribal-based emergency declarations across the U.S. based on currently-available information.

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Primer: Emergency Legal Preparedness - Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

This primer provides a visual snapshot and a timeline on state and federal emergency declarations in relation to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and is being updated as things develop with regard to Hurricane Maria.

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Primer: Emergency Legal Preparedness Concerning Zika Virus

The Network’s Primer outlines public health concerns related to the Zika virus and lays out current and anticipated legal preparedness and response issues internationally and in the United States. These include issues related to testing and screening, public health preparedness, and reproductive rights. This Primer is updated regularly as events develop, so be sure to check this page for new information.

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Table: Legal Liability Protections for Emergency Medical/Public Health Responses

This table highlights potential liability protections for individuals, including health care workers, volunteers and private sector employees, and entities, including government agencies, hospitals or healthcare facilities, non-profit organizations and for-profit organizations.

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Table: Flint Water Crisis - Summary of Civil Litigation

In late 2015 and early 2016, a public health crisis involving contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan, came to light. This horrible tragedy involves Flint residents’ exposure to toxic levels of lead in their drinking water over a prolonged period of time as well as a spike in Legionellosis after the city changed its primary water source to the Flint River in April 2014. This table summarizes legal theories underlying a number of civil lawsuits and other actions arising from the Flint water crisis.

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Issue Brief: Flint Water Crisis

This issue brief is designed to give an overview of the factual context and allegations surrounding the Flint water crisis and to provide an introduction to some of the major legal and policy challenges that surfaced during the crisis and its aftermath.

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Table: Emergency Declaration Authorities

This table provides state statutory and regulatory authorities for emergency declarations in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

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Issue Brief: Emergency Response and Tort Liability

This resource outlines federal and Michigan laws that might apply to protect paid and volunteer health professionals from liability for negligence in emergency response situations.

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Issue Brief: Summary of Authority and Actions Regarding Public Health Emergencies

Michigan’s Public Health Code provides an array of actions that state and local health officers can use to respond to a public health emergency. This document identifies potential actions and linking to the applicable law.

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