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10.29.19

Saving Lives: Access To Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails, Prisons, and Reentry

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This post was written by Shelly Weizman and Somer Brown. “From 2005 to 2015 I was in and out of the system. Most of the time I was a client at the clinic getting methadone, but when I would get incarcerated they just didn’t offer it. It wasn’t available to anyone. I went cold turkey. […]

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10.28.19

Addiction and Child Welfare Policy: Ensuring Healthier Outcomes for Families

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This post was written by Regina LaBelle, Shelly Weizman, and Somer Brown Megan Webbley, a mother of four, died of a drug overdose on September 29, 2019 in Vermont. Her grieving father wrote the following in her obituary: “To editorialize, I am hoping that the Department for Children and Families rethinks its mission to be […]

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10.17.19

Democratic Presidential Candidates on Addiction and the Opioid Epidemic

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This post was written by Regina LaBelle, Leigh Bianchi, and Somer Brown. This post was originally published on July 10, 2019 and updated on October 17, 2019. It has been amended to only include the candidates who were present for the Democratic debate held on Tuesday, October 15. As communities across the country continue to struggle […]

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08.02.19

State Legislators and the Opioid Epidemic: Not Yet Out of the Woods

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Regina LaBelle and Shelly Weizman are Director and Associate Director, respectively, of the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative at Georgetown University Law Center. LaBelle served as Chief of Staff in the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Obama Administration. Weizman was Assistant Secretary for Mental Hygiene in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Administration. Leigh Bianchi, […]

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06.11.19

The 72nd World Health Assembly: Health, Justice, and Accountability

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This article was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, Sarah Wetter, and Eric Friedman In his closing remarks at the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) on May 28, 2019, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged countries to “commit to regular accountability” in fulfilling promises to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over course of the […]

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05.06.19

Controlling for Measles on College Campuses in Los Angeles and Nationally

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This article was written by: Lawrence O. Gostin, James G. Hodge, Jr., Jonathan Fielding, Scott C. Ratzan, and Barry R. Bloom On April 25, 2019, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced public health powers impacting dozens of students infected with, or exposed to, measles at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) […]

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12.07.18

The Universal Periodic Review: Is It Delivering for Global Health?

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This article was written by: Judith Bueno de Mesquita, Lecturer and Acting Director Human Rights Centre Clinic, School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex Dabney P. Evans, Associate Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University Rebekah Thomas, Technical Officer, Gender, Equity and Human Rights, World Health Organization The United Nations Universal […]

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12.04.18

Mapping the Evolution of the Right to Health at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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This article was written by Gillian MacNaughton, Assistant Professor in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Mariah McGill, a Senior Fellow with the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern University School of Law. The post of the UN High Commissioner for Human […]

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11.27.18

What’s “Special” about the System of United Nations Special Procedures?

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This article was written by Thérèse Murphy, Professor of Law and Director of the Health & Human Rights Unit at Queen’s University Belfast, and Amrei Müller, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow within the Health & Human Rights Unit. The United Nations Special Procedures are far more interesting than their title suggests, and we argue it […]

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11.02.18

Mainstreaming the Human Right to Food Within the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: The Rise and Decline of an Agenda for Change

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This article was written by Carolin Anthes, a Research Associate at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). The international community has committed to achieve zero hunger by 2030. This year’s World Food Day message by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) rightly reminds us: “Our actions are our future!”-“A #ZeroHunger world […]

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