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

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

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.

PHLR at APHA 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

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.

All New York State Hospitals Now Fully Compliant with WHO Breastfeeding Recommendations

All of New York’s hospitals have now implemented breastfeeding policies that support the World Health Organization recommendations, according to a new study published on July 30, 2015, in Preventing Chronic Disease

The study reviewed policies from all 129 NY hospitals providing maternity care services. In 2009, none were fully compliant, but by 2013, 97, or 75 percent of the hospitals had compliant hospital breastfeeding policies. And as of April 2014, all 129 hospitals in New York had a fully compliant, approved, written breastfeeding policy in place.

RWJF Commits $25 Million to Broaden Health Research

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced on May 19 the new direction for its Research-Evaluation-Learning Team (REL) under the Culture of Health vision, and research on laws, regulations, and policies is a key component. RWJF has committed roughly $25 million in new funding over the next three years for these three new programs, which will provide new funding opportunities for continued research of the policies, laws, system interventions, and community dynamics that improve health and well-being, with emphasis on sectors not typically associated with health, such as transportation and housing.

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