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Staying Ahead of Overdose Spikes

Staying Ahead of Overdose Spikes

July 14, 2020  by  Leah LaCivita
Category:  Health and Human Services

This blog post looks at the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, a free tool that collects real time fatal and non-fatal opioid overdose data from ambulance teams, hospitals, and law enforcement agencies across the country.  

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Promising Practices for Local Governments: Combating Elder Neglect, Short-Term Vacation Rental Compliance, Reducing Recidivism

Promising Practices for Local Governments: Combating Elder Neglect, Short-Term Vacation Rental Compliance, Reducing Recidivism

December 19, 2019  by  Byron Katsuyama
Category:  Health and Human Services Courts and Criminal Justice System Tourism

This post highlights promising practices for combating elder neglect, increasing compliance with short-term vacation rental regulations, and transitioning newly released inmates back into the community.

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Safe, Convenient Drug Disposal Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood

Safe, Convenient Drug Disposal Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood

July 2, 2018  by  Leah LaCivita
Category:  Health and Human Services

ESHB 1047, or the Secure Drug Take-Back Act will bring a system of secure drug drop sites in every city and town across Washington for collection of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicines by 2020. 

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Safe Injection Sites and the Opioid Crisis

Safe Injection Sites and the Opioid Crisis

September 21, 2017  by  Flannary Collins
Category:  Health and Human Services

Claiming the lives of 142 Americans every day by drug overdose, the opioid crisis has been called a “Killer Drug Epidemic” and each level of government is reacting. In this blog post, MRSC Legal Consultant Flannary Collins gives a brief overview of the steps that federal, state, and local governments have taken so far to address this crisis. 

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The Gorillas in the Room

The Gorillas in the Room

February 14, 2017  by  Byron Katsuyama
Category:  Health and Human Services Emergency Management

What does the Cascadia megaquake, the growing opioid crisis, and the lack of affordable housing all share in common? They can all be classified as "gorillas" in the room: big, overwhelming, and not about to go anywhere anytime soon.

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