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  • Presidential Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

    August 10, 2017 by Trudy Henson

    By CHHS Public Health Director Trudy Henson and RA Bach Nguyen  As both opioid addiction rates and opioid related deaths nationwide continue to increase exponentially, legislators and government officials have taken action both at the state and federal level. Among these efforts is the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and ...

  • Opioid Legislation Update: Seventh Circuit

    August 2, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS RA Bach Nguyen Note: This is part of an ongoing series of posts covering recent state legislative efforts to address the nationwide opioid epidemic. The posts are organized by federal judicial circuit, with this post covering the Seventh Circuit. As a reminder, in the federal court system, a circuit ...

  • Overview: Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

    August 2, 2017 by Michael Tennison

    Deaths from drug overdoses continue to rise across the nation.  From 1999 to 2014, overdose deaths increased nearly three-fold, over 60% of which involved an opioid in 2014. One response, adopted by ...

  • Opioid Legislation Update: Sixth Circuit

    July 27, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS RA Bach Nguyen Note: This is part of an ongoing series of posts covering recent state legislative efforts to address the nationwide opioid epidemic. The posts are organized by federal judicial circuit, with this post covering the Sixth Circuit. As a reminder, in the federal court system, a circuit ...

  • Integrating Technology Into Emergency Management

    July 25, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern Mark Cather Within the emergency management structure of the United States, emergency preparation and response is typically driven at the local level.  State and federal resources can be requested to augment local resources, but local emergency responders and public officials are the first responders to an incident and ...

  • Opioid Legislation Update: Fifth Circuit

    July 17, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS RA Bach Nguyen Note: This is part of an ongoing series of posts covering recent state legislative efforts to address the nationwide opioid epidemic. The posts are organized by federal judicial circuit, with this post covering the Fifth Circuit. As a reminder, in the federal court system, a circuit ...

  • Making Emergency Preparedness Fun

    July 11, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern Kyle Cleavenger Hurricane season is here for the East Coast, and now is time for everyone to think about proper preparedness in the event a storm makes landfall. Proper preparation for emergencies can see like a daunting task. It is also difficult to engage the local population in ...

  • Opioid Legislation Update: Third Circuit

    July 7, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS RA Bach Nguyen Note: This is part of an ongoing series of posts covering recent state legislative efforts to address the nationwide opioid epidemic. The posts are organized by federal judicial circuit, with this post covering the Third Circuit. As a reminder, in the federal court system, a circuit ...

  • Opioid Legislation Update: Second Circuit

    June 27, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS RA Bach Nguyen Note: This is part of an ongoing series of posts covering recent state legislative efforts to address the nationwide opioid epidemic. The posts are organized by federal judicial circuit, with this post covering the Second Circuit. As a reminder, in the federal court system, a circuit ...

  • Opioid Legislation Update: Fourth Circuit

    June 12, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS RA Bach Nguyen Note: This is the first in a series of posts covering recent state legislative efforts to address the nationwide opioid epidemic. The posts will be organized by federal judicial circuit, beginning with our home Fourth Circuit, and then proceeding numerically from the First Circuit.   Maryland Governor Larry ...

  • Opioid Crisis Update: Ohio becomes the latest state to file suit against pharmaceutical companies

    June 5, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Research Assistant Bach Nguyen On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the State of Ohio filed a lawsuit against five major drug manufacturers for the role the manufacturers played in the ongoing opioid epidemic, making Ohio the second state to do so. The suit brings six causes of action, generally alleging ...

  • Measles Outbreak in Minnesota: Victims of Disease and Propaganda

    May 15, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS RA Lauren Morowit The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) declared that measles was eliminated in the United States in 2000 due to widespread vaccination.  However, this accomplishment has been undermined by three major outbreaks since the announcement including: the Amish community outbreak in Ohio in 2014, the Disneyland outbreak ...

  • Opioid Crisis Update: Florida Declares Public Health Emergency; Pressure Increases on Medical Examiners and College Campuses Nationwide

    May 12, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Research Assistant Bach Nguyen On May 3rd, 2017, the governor of Florida declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, echoing a similar move made by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan two months prior, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) declaration of a national opioid epidemic in ...

  • CHHS’ BRAVE Program Lauded as National Best Practice by The Washington Institute.

    April 19, 2017 by admin

    by CHHS Staff Members Shanna Batten and Maggie Davis In March 2017, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy released a detailed, bi-partisan report within a series of policy recommendations to the Trump Administration. The report, Defeating Ideologically Inspired Violent Extremism: A Strategy to Build Strong Communities and Protect the U.S. ...

  • THE PRESIDENT’S AUTHORITY TO AUTHORIZE WIRETAPS

    March 13, 2017 by Alexandra Podolny

    By Jonathan Lim, CHHS Extern On March 4th, current President Donald Trump accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in a Tweet. Apparently, the accusation was based on a Heat Street article which stated that the FBI had sought and obtained a FISA warrant to “examine the activities of ...

  • What The Oroville Dam and San Jose Flooding Crisis Teaches Us about Emergency Preparedness

    March 6, 2017 by admin

    By Jonathan Lim, CHHS Extern The recent Oroville Dam crisis highlighted America’s need to repair its many aging dams. In the Oroville case, authorities responded quickly enough that the 180,000 people most endangered by the dam’s potential failure were evacuated. This may be a dangerous sign, as the average age of our ...

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    Maryland Governor Declares State of Emergency on Opioids

    March 3, 2017 by Alexandra Podolny

      by CHHS Research Assitant Faiza Hasan Governor Larry Hogan announced on March 1, 2016 a state of emergency for opioids, amidst escalating overdose deaths in Maryland and nationwide. The state of emergency is an instrument many jurisdictions use to coordinate anti-opioid and heroin strategies. Hogan, who lost a cousin to addiction ...

  • Repeal of the ACA: Effects on Substance Abuse Epidemic

    February 16, 2017 by Alexandra Podolny

    by CHHS Research Assistants Christie Chung and Charles Hilberg Substance abuse and addiction is a serious public health problem that impacts communities on multiple levels. It is estimated that at least 40 million Americans age 12 and over meet the clinical criteria for addiction that involves substance abuse, a tally that ...

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    Blog: Border Wall-Effective, Or Is More Needed for Border Security?

    February 13, 2017 by admin

    by Jonathan Lim, CHHS Extern On January 26, 2017, the President signed an executive order for the construction of a wall on the United States-Mexico border. The President deviated from one of his most controversial campaign promises when he admitted that the American taxpayer, and not Mexico, would pay for the ...

  • Ukraine’s utility grid was attacked again last month.  Could the U.S. power grid be a target?

    February 7, 2017 by admin

    by Glyn Cashwell, CHHS Extern A recent December 2016 cyber attack in Ukraine has the public concerned that the U.S. could be the next victim.  Ultimately, whether a foreign actor decides to attack the power grid will likely hinge on foreign relations, as it appears that several foreign governments probably can ...

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