11.07.19

There is No Negligence in the Air: The Opioid Crisis as a Consequence of State Failures

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Last week, the O’Neill Institute held an event titled: “Applying the Evidence: Legal and Policy Approaches to Address Opioid Use Disorder in the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Settings.” At this event, policymakers and stakeholders discussed strategies to implement a preventative, restorative approach to the opioid crisis.  During the event, moderator Michael Botticelli noted that […]

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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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10.24.19

Privatization of Public Services and the Risks to Human Rights: Alston’s Report on the Digital Welfare State

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Last Friday, October 18th, Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, presented his report on human rights and digital welfare states to the UN General Assembly. The report, a result of Alston’s country visits to the UK, the US as well as 60 submissions from 34 countries, warns of the misuse and […]

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10.24.19

Addiction and Public Policy: Creating Reform Through the Lens of Lived Experience

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It was 2018 and I was at the New York State Recovery Conference with T.K. Rabii, a 24-year old peer advocate, public speaker, and person in long-term recovery. I was speaking at the conference on behalf of the Governor of New York for whom I was working at the time and I was about to head […]

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10.18.19

More or the same? Reflecting on debates around the Global Fund’s mandate

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Last week, the Global Fund met its replenishment target of $14B. The news was greeted mostly with sighs of relief, especially because it was a near thing. The Global Fund is the largest star in the global health firmament, channeling more money than any other multilateral actor.* It has leveraged this funding to impressive ends. […]

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10.18.19

Utilizing Model Laws to Expand Access to Cancer Treatments in Africa

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WHO reports that 70% of deaths caused by cancer occur in low and middle-income countries where it is very difficult to access diagnosis and treatment leading to late-stage identification of the disease and minimal chance of survival. One of the things that come to my mind when I think of Africa and cancer is the […]

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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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10.17.19

Family Separation Isn’t New in the U.S.

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On October 3, the ACLU filed a class action lawsuit seeking damages on behalf of the children and parents “who were forcibly torn from each other under the Trump administration’s illegal practice of separating families at the border.” The complaint discusses the traumatic effects that even brief family separation has on children. Family separation in […]

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10.10.19

Our House is on Fire: Climate Change as a Global Public Health Crisis

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In September, the United Nations Secretary-General convened a Climate Action Summit to mobilize governments, businesses, and civil society organizations to enhance global action and address the undeniable threats from climate change. In his opening statement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated that: “[t]he best science, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, tells us that […]

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