On June 18, 16 members of the North Carolina General Assembly representing both parties and a range of experience will graduate from a months-long course in health policy armed with a better understanding of the issues facing their constituents.
According to the article, published in the current issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal, the switch from prescription opioids to illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl has moved the geographic heart of the problem in North Carolina.
A survey of treatment seekers at four different methadone clinics in North Carolina showed that while this community is well-informed about the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, many still don’t know how to use the kits or find them too cumbersome to carry.
The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) has launched the Legislative Health Policy Fellows Program to provide General Assembly members with resources and data to inform health policy decision-making and priorities. The inaugural 2018 class of Legislative Health Policy Fellows is comprised of 22 state legislators.
There was an unprecedented rise in the death rate for whites aged 45–54 years in North Carolina, according to a study published in the current issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal. Chris Mansfield and colleagues at East Carolina University (E.C.U.) who authored the study found suicide and liver disease to be major contributors to the rise in deaths for middle-aged whites from 2000 to 2013.
The North Carolina Institute of Medicine, partnering with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, releases selected measures of health care quality for North Carolina Medicaid, along with, “Metrics to Drive Improvements in Health: A Report of the Task Force on Health Care Analytics.”