The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently proposed a rule that would require more than 3,100 public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country to implement smoke-free policies. Under HUD’s proposed rule, PHAs must ban the use of lit tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars or pipes) in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and all outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings. But will this rule disproportionately affect low-income individuals?
At the end of October 2015, more than 13,000 inmates were granted a revised sentence and nearly 6,000 prisoners were released, one of the largest prison releases in American history. The action stemmed from the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s decision in April 2014 to revise their guidelines on drug trafficking sentences, reducing the amount of time served for federal offenders. The sentencing reduction applies retroactively, meaning current inmates are eligible to have their sentence reduced.
There is a long standing federal policy in the U.S. limiting access to life-saving treatments for people addicted to opioids. One of the most effective treatments for opioid addiction – buprenorphine – can only be prescribed by doctors who have completed a special training and qualify for a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) waiver. Doctors who get the waiver can then treat up to 30 patients in their first year and up to 100 patients in subsequent years.
Fall is Open Enrollment season. Between November 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016, individuals who buy their health insurance on the state health insurance marketplaces have the opportunity to change plans for 2016. If you or someone on your plan requires addiction services, here are a few things to keep in mind.
As part of CASAColumbia’s Addiction Speaker Series, in which leading experts present some of their latest findings, Sean J. Haley, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College and CUNY School of Public Health, discussed his research on evaluating how prepared community health centers are to handle the growing need for addiction treatment services, in the wake of health care reform.
As rates of opioid addiction and overdose continue to climb, public officials are grappling with effective ways of responding to this public health problem. One strategy for preventing opioid overdose deaths is through the use of naloxone, a medication that blocks the effects of opioids.
Despite an overall decline in secondhand smoke exposure, a breakdown of recently reported data showed some populations were still being affected more than others by secondhand smoke.
The police in Gloucester, Massachusetts have taken a radical approach to combating the opioid drug epidemic affecting their citizens. The Gloucester Initiative, implemented on June 1st of this year, promises social support and treatment as opposed to stigma and jail time.
Why is it so hard for those living with addiction to find easy access to the care they need? This blog identifies four of the most common barriers to treatment and offers ways to overcome these challenges.
This week President Obama commuted the federal sentences of 46 prisoners. We commend President Obama’s action as a step in changing our nation’s response to addiction, but reducing sentences for non-violent drug offenders alone is not enough.
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