Police Chief Takes On Drug Companies, School Nurses Prep To Stop Overdoses, And More: Weekly Roundup
A summary of public health news from around the nation
Researchers studied a group of over 28,000 people - some insured - some not, to predict how insurance expansion under the ACA may affect some of America's most common chronic diseases. Side Effects' Andrea Muraskin has more on the new research.
This wasn't the first time Gloucester, Mass. police chief Leonard Campanello used an unorthodox tactic to take on the opioid addiction epidemic, which has been hitting his town hard. The Washington Post has the story.
Since 2001, overdoses from prescription opioids and heroin have tripled nationwide. Police, parents, and now school nurses are being trained and equipped with the overdose antidote naloxone, as Side Effects' Michelle Faust reports.
The FDA held a public hearing Thursday to address concerns about Essure, a contraceptive device that is inserted into the Fallopian tubes. Users have filed over 5,000 health complaints, and participants in the clinical trial allege that researchers downplayed or ignored their side effects, as Kaiser Health News reports.