Injury Prevention and Safety Questions Answered

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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“Over the Counter” Naloxone Access

posted on Wed, Oct 11 2017 2:11 pm by Network for Public Health Law

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.”

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Youth Sports Concussion and Return to Play Laws

posted on Thu, Dec 10 2015 9:50 am by The Network

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.

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Issue Brief: Sports Related Traumatic Brain Injury and Return-to-Learn Provisions

posted on Thu, May 7 2015 4:13 pm by Kerri McGowan Lowrey, Eastern Region

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.

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Motorcycle Helmet Laws

posted on Tue, May 13 2014 4:24 pm by Western Region

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.

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Statewide Bicycle Laws

posted on Thu, Aug 1 2013 12:00 am by Western Region

The Network received a question from a health official who asked if the Network could refer her to resources on statewide bicycle laws.

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Provisions of Sports Concussion Laws

posted on Mon, Jul 1 2013 12:00 am by Eastern Region

The Network recently received a request related to state adoption of specific provisions of sports concussion laws.

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Licensure for Recreational Therapists

posted on Mon, Jul 1 2013 12:00 am by Eastern Region

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.

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Safe Routes to School Program

posted on Mon, Oct 1 2012 12:00 am by Western Region

The Network received a request from a state health official working on the Safe Routes to School initiative within his state.

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