As state policymakers confront the substance use disorder (SUD) epidemic, they require a wide range of data – often found in disparate systems – to understand its impact and craft more effective treatment programs and interventions. This report explores best practices and sources for data gathering and describes how states can help communities access and […]
Update: On Jan. 27, 2021, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) notified stakeholders that the earlier announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that physicians will no longer have to obtain a federal waiver to prescribe the opioid use disorder treatment buprenorphine to patients – as described in this blog – will not […]
Nursing home residents account for at least one-third of COVID-19 deaths, and this disparity reveals numerous problems with infection control in institutional settings. As a result, many states are rethinking and restructuring their long-term services and supports (LTSS) programs. A recent National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) annual conference session explored what states have […]
As drug overdose deaths accelerate during the COVID-19 pandemic, states are working to ensure that a continuum of services, including access to harm reduction programs, remain available to people with substance use disorder (SUD). The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently spoke to Louisiana’s Viral Hepatitis Coordinator Emilia Myers and STD/HIV/Hepatitis Program Deputy […]
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study published in September found that pregnant women, especially Black and Latinx, are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant individuals. They are more likely to be admitted to intensive care units (ICU), receive invasive ventilation, and are at increased risk of death. […]
Maternal and infant mortality rates in the United States have been steadily rising over the past decade, with stark racial disparities between White and Black mothers and their babies. Black infants are twice as likely to die than White infants, and Black mothers are four-times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than White women.