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Federal Ban on Marijuana Creates a Patchwork of Regulatory Strategies in 27 States and DC

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A study published July 11, 2017 in Addiction finds that states are disparately regulating patient registration and civil rights, product safety labeling and packaging, and dispensaries, mimicking some aspects of federal prescription drug and controlled substances laws, and regulatory strategies used for alcohol, tobacco and traditional medicines.

Limited NIH Funding for Public Health Law Research May Present Barriers to Evidence-Based Policymaking

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The National Institutes for Health (NIH) has supported public health law research, but not to the extent necessary to timely evaluate laws affecting the public’s health, according to a study published May 24, 2017 in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

New Study Shows Majority of Opioid Prescriptions are Highly Concentrated among Small Percentage of Florida Prescribers

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Four percent of Florida prescribers account for the majority of opioids on the market, according to a study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The study finds that these Florida high-risk prescribers accounted for 67 percent of the opioid volume and 40 percent of the total opioid prescriptions dispensed in the state between July 2010 and June 2011.

Laws Can Increase Flu Vaccination Rates Among Health Care Workers

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Laws mandating flu vaccines for health care workers increase their vaccination rates, according to a new study. The study, published in the Journal of the National Medical Association, examines the relationship between state laws regulating flu vaccines for health care workers and the state-level immunization rates among health care workers between 2001-2011.

APHA Law Section Honors PHLR Grantees at 2015 APHA Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The APHA Law Section awarded Public Health Law Research program grantees and others at a reception on November 2, 2015 at the 2015 APHA Annual Meeting in Chicago. The PHLR grantees who were recognized include: Y. Tony Yang, ScD, MPH, Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MPH, MSc, Laine Rutkow, JD, PhD, and Shannon Fratteroli, PhD, MPH.

Below is the full list of award recipients:

PHLR at APHA 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

We'll be heading to Chicago from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, for the 143rd APHA Annual Meeting! If you're joining us there, or following along from afar, click below to find out what you can expect from the Public Health Law Research program.

Florida’s Pill Mill and Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Reduce Opioid Prescriptions for Heaviest Users

Monday, August 17, 2015

Florida’s efforts to prevent inappropriate use of painkillers are showing reductions among prescribers and patients who had the highest prescribing and usage rates, according to a study out August 17, 2015 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

This study explored how the state’s laws worked to impact prescribing and use of painkillers from July 2010 through September 2012. Prescription painkillers commonly contain an opioid, such as oxycodone, and are sold under many different trade names.

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