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On Vacation

We’re on vacation! Public Health Post is taking a #summertime publishing break. Thank you for reading PHP and for joining us in conversation on social media. We’ll be back online on Monday, August 7. See you then!

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UPDATE: The Refugee Crisis and Returning Home

Three important statistics from new data released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) on the world’s refugee and displaced persons crisis.

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Trump Voters for Single Payer

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has four options now that his latest bill has failed. Single payer probably isn’t one of them, but maybe should be according to many Trump voters. Could Donald Trump be the single payer president?

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BCRA Undercuts Opioid Treatment

The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) creates a $45 billion fund for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. However, this amount is unlikely to overcome Medicaid spending restrictions proposed in the bill.

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Fighting Pollution with Open Data

Air pollution is responsible for one out of every eight deaths on the planet. OpenAQ uses the power of open data as a convening force to connect a global community on air pollution research. Read three ways the public health community can help. 

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SIFs: The Wrong Message About Drug Use

PHP Fellow Qing Wai Wong spoke with Cory Salzillo, Legislative Director of the California State Sheriffs’ Association, about AB 186, which proposes allowing for the creation of safe injection facilities in California.

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We Can Do Better

In the debate on the value of SIFs in the United States, questioning their value must be part of the discussion. Are SIFs enabling drug users, or simply giving up hope on them?

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Busting Myths about Supervised Injection Facilities

Despite evidence attesting to their efficacy, policymakers and legislators face ideological resistance to the creation of supervised injection facilities. Faiz Kidwai unpacks some common myths about these facilities.

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Supervised Injection Facilities: The Time is Now

Senator William Brownsberger, sponsor of a bill to create a framework for the legal operation of supervised injection facilities (SIFs) in Massachusetts, writes the first article in our week-long debate on SIFs.

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Research

Emergency Unpreparedness

The United States tends to fund and focus on emergencies after they happen and once they have already become disastrous. State and local emergency preparedness funds and hospital preparedness funds have dwindled by one-third and one-half, respectively, since 2004.

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Suicide Needs Unmet

A recent JAMA article by Gibbons, et al. demonstrates that the national suicide rate and the number of psychiatric beds have an inverse relationship.

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Calculating the Cost of Firearm Injuries

Partisan disagreements on the interpretation of the Second Amendment often hinder policy action aimed at improving public safety in this area. One aspect of firearm violence that is independent of this debate is the high healthcare cost surrounding these injuries.

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