In 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, claiming the lives of an estimated 4,645 people. Almost a year later, Puerto Rico and the nation as a whole, are still recovering. While officials have restored 95% of the power grid, more than 250 schools are set to close permanently, and drug shortages are impacting healthcare providers throughout the United States.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as programs that provide behavioral therapy and medications to patients with substance abuse disorders.
In 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018’s new funding structure for wildfire suppression will take effect. This bill aims to correct serious flaws in the way wildfire prevention and treatment are paid for in the United States.
On March 22nd, Atlanta’s city government announced that it was the target of a cyberattack that effectively shut down most of its computers and internet-connected systems. Criminals successfully perpetrated a ransomware attack that blocked local government employees from being able to use their computers.
Mass shootings are a recurring issue in American society and thus have provided impetus for hospitals to reexamine their ability to respond effectively after such events. The verdict seems to be a mixed bag as administrators, doctors and other professionals struggle to plan for the unthinkable.