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Should the government ban smoking in public housing?

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? 

Recently Released Inmates May Have Trouble Finding the Addiction Help They Need

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’s No Medical Justification to Limit Access to Life-Saving Opioid Treatment Buprenorphine

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.  

Unhappy with Your Health Plan? Don’t Miss An Opportunity to Change Your Addiction Benefits

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.

Sean J. Haley, PhD, MPH, Discusses Challenges Faced by Community Health Centers in the Wake of Health Care Reform

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. 

Police Offer Treatment Over Jail Time: Applauding One Town’s Efforts to Prioritize the Public Health of its Community

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.

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