Tag: Policy

House Bill 17: Pilot Project to Treat Opioid Overdose

Written by Carol Gianessi, Ph.D. Edited Sarah Banducci, Ph.D., Ryan Bell, Ph.D., and Rachel Haake, Ph.D. June 9, 2021 Abstract Opioid overdose deaths have significantly increased over the past two decades in the United States and within North Carolina specifically [1]. For every opioid overdose death there are approximately 30 non-fatal overdoses, occasions that may be well suited for policy interventions to reduce morbidity [2]. House Bill 17 aims to continue the Quick Response Team…

The Cost of COVID-19 in North Carolina: State Funding for Mental Health Services

Written by Rachel Haake, M.A.Edited by Sarah Banducci, Ph.D. and Ryan Bell, Ph.D. Since March of 2020, COVID-19 has ravaged the United States, both exposing and exacerbating pre-existing crises like the “Deaths of Despair” epidemic—the increasing rates of death by suicide and drug overdose among US adults. Sustained recovery from the pandemic will require scientifically informed policies. Among these should be expansion of funded programs addressing the far-reaching consequences of COVID-19 on mental health and…

Senate Bill 544: Establish Non-Opioid Treatment Alternatives.

Written by Seth Hurley, Ph.D. December 2nd, 2019 Abstract 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…

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

Written by Seth Hurley, Ph.D. October 28, 2019 Abstract 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 [1]….

Senate Bill S601: School-Based Mental Health

Written by Rachel Haake, M.A. August 7, 2019 Abstract 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…