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Kennedy Forum hosts bipartisan conference on mental health
Posted in Advocacy, Mental Health

Politician Patrick Kennedy of the famous Kennedy family is a widely recognized spokesperson for those with mental illness and addiction. He has publically shared his struggles with drug addiction and has sponsored the bill leading to mental health and addiction parity. Now, he is urging Congress to make more changes to the mental health care […]


Ohio eligible to receive $150,000 for addiction recovery services

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, was one of the authors of the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act (CARA) that President Barack Obama signed into law last year. A codicil to the bill allows the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to disburse CARA grants to states for recovery services. Ohio is eligible to receive $150,000 […]


Department of Transportation announces drug database for truck and bus drivers

Large truck and bus accidents account for numerous deaths every year in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), approximately half a million trucking accidents happen every year resulting in approximately 5,000 deaths. Due to the size of commercial trucks, 98 percent fatalities are passengers in cars involved in the accidents. […]


Oregon proposes bill that could lead to kratom ban
Posted in Advocacy, Medicine

Oregon proposed a bill in January 2017 that directs the State Board of Pharmacy to conduct a study on the herb kratom, which grows natively in Southeast Asia and is used as a natural pain reliever, antidepressant and stimulant. In the United States, many people reportedly use kratom to manage pain and wean off deadly […]


Securing funding for Maine’s Diversion Alert Program proves difficult

In response to the opioid overdose epidemic, Maine has initiated a number of interventions aimed at reducing the misuse of prescription and illicit opioids. One of these major initiatives was Maine’s statewide Diversion Alert Program (DAP), which was launched to provide medical professionals and police officers better access to information about people who have committed […]


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