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03.20.20

An International Perspective on Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Jails and Prisons

By Margherita Cinà

Co-written by Margherita Cinà (Fellow) and Regina LaBelle (Program Director of the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative). As jails and prisons across the United States continue to provide limited and fragmented medication-based treatment for opioid use disorder, it is worth looking beyond these borders to see what treatments for people in correctional settings are available […]

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Thematic Areas: Addiction & Public Policy

03.20.20

Drug Courts and COVID-19

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Regina LaBelle and Shelly Weizman Given the increasing rates of confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationwide and CDC guidance, courts across the country have suspended operations and many, such as Vermont and Pennsylvania, have declared judicial emergencies. Such judicial emergencies allow for an orderly suspension of court operations, delaying deadlines and […]

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Thematic Areas: Addiction & Public Policy

03.18.20

The Multi-faceted Shocks of Pandemics

By Lidiya Teklemariam

As each day brings news about new and additional measures against COVID-19 spread, it opens our eyes to see how we face all significant and small changes and challenges that I describe as multi-faceted shocks. While these changes and challenges are expected in any pandemic situation, COVID-19 is a live example of all human life […]

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Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

03.16.20

The Coronavirus Response Act Has a Deadly Loophole

By Lawrence Gostin

On Friday, President Trump declared COVID-19 a national emergency under the National Emergencies Act and invoked the Stafford Act, measures that could provide a much needed lifeline for ill-prepared and underfunded state and local health agencies at the front lines of the pandemic. The actions unlock $42 billion from the Disaster Emergency Relief Fund, and […]

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Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

03.13.20

The Role of Marketing Campaigns in the Beat of Non-Communicable Diseases

By Delfina Scagliotti

  It is common knowledge that, sugar consumption is linked to obesity, diabetes and other diseases. Nevertheless, there is still a lot to be done for food companies to adopt responsible marketing campaigns. According to Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), unregulated marketing of unhealthy foods contributes to childhood obesity, and, in order to beat Non-communicable […]

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03.11.20

Focus on Vulnerable Populations in the Public Health Response to COVID-19

By Sean Bland

Cases of the new coronavirus that was first detected in China continue to increase in many parts of the world, including the United States. Commonly referred to in the press as simply coronavirus, which is a family of viruses that include SARS, MERS, and the common cold, the disease caused by the coronavirus has been […]

03.09.20

Standing in June Medical Services v. Russo Explained

By Rebecca Reingold

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo, a case involving an admitting privileges law passed by the Louisiana legislature that is identical to the Texas admitting privileges law struck down as unconstitutional in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in 2016. Political speculation has centered around whether the Supreme […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

03.09.20

COVID-19: A Moment of Moral Reckoning for Our Nation – and Ourselves

By Eric A. Friedman

Like with any crisis, COVID-19 will test who we are as individuals and a society. Will we be driven by our fears and our darker instincts, even prejudices? Or will we act with solidarity and empathy, looking out for one another, and being the best people we can be? This is, in a way, another […]

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