Briefs and Blogs

Here, you can find short descriptions of policy briefs written by NeuroBridge contributors, with links to longer, more in-depth briefs.

Brief: Senate Bill 544: Establish Non-Opioid Treatment Alternatives.

Senate Bill 544 aims to provide improved access to non-opioid treatment alternatives for pain. Opioids are very effective pain relievers; however, they also have additional negative side-effects. Over-prescription and reliance on opioids for pain management has led to a nation-wide opioid epidemic that has severely impacted North Carolina [1]. The North Carolina Senate proposed a bill to provide non-opioid treatment alternatives to reduce the likelihood of opioid addictions precipitated by opioid prescriptions. This bill aims to establish non-opioid treatment options for pain, mandate insurance coverage for non-opioid alternatives, and limit opioid prescriptions. Keywords: 

Brief: House Bill H318: Opioid Prescription and Treatment Opt Out Act

The Opioid Prescription and Treatment Opt Out Act allows individuals to voluntarily opt out of receiving opioid medications. The bill was drafted in response to over-prescription of opioids in North Carolina. Prescription opioid medications have an addiction potential and over-prescription of opioids has contributed to an ongoing nation-wide opioid epidemic with overdose deaths and opioid prescription rates in North Carolina higher than the national average. Keywords: 

Brief: Senate Bill S601: School-Based Mental Health

The School-Based Mental Health bill responds to the growing incidence of youth suicide in North Carolina, which has nearly doubled in the last ten years and has become the second leading cause of death for children ages 10-17. The bill requires schools to implement school-based mental health plans including a mental health training program and suicide risk referral protocols. The bill appears to be broadly supported given the high rates of suicide and mental illness in North Carolina youths. Keywords: MENTAL HEALTH, POLICY

Blog: What Neuroscience Reveals About Effective Treatments for Substance Use Disorders

Ryan Bell details the current state of substance abuse disorders in the United States, and how neuroscience can inform treatment options and improve drug rehabilitation efforts. Keywords: 

Brief: House Bill 968: Legislative Response to Emerging Contaminants Act

PFAS are chemicals in many products which accumulate in the environment and in humans, potentially causing adverse health effects. The Legislative Response to Emerging Contaminants strengthens pollutant regulations, as well as provides significant grants for studying and monitoring emission of PFAS and other chemicals into North Carolina waterways. Keywords: 

Brief: Senate Bill 616: The HOPE Act of 2018

The HOPE Act responds to the growing crisis of opioid addiction in North Carolina, which claimed over 12,000 lives between 1999 and 2016. The act creates a “certified diversion investigator” to aid law enforcement in drug crime investigations. The investigator is given access to prescription records during illicit drug investigations. In addition, more than $11 million has been allocated to provide opioid treatment. Keywords: 

Brief: House Bill 243: The STOP Act of 2017

The STOP Act of 2017 aims to curtail North Carolina’s opioid crisis, which claimed greater than 12,000 lives between 1999 and 2016. The STOP Act limits who can prescribe opioids and how many opioids can be prescribed at one time. In addition, all narcotic prescriptions must be made electronically through the North Carolina Controlled Substances Reporting System (NCCSRS). Keywords: 

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