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June 7, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

The downside of the opioid crackdown

HEALTH CARE
– Due to the spike in opioid drug overdoses, many states, including Maryland, have created stricter rules to prohibit doctors from over-prescribing the drug. Now chronic pain patients say that the crackdown is impacting their access to their medicine. (Baltimore Sun, 6/5)

Experts say patients on long-standing opioid regimens sometimes get “fired” by their doctors out of concern they might be abusing the medication. A 47-year-old Chicago woman said that has happened to her repeatedly.

She said three doctors have dropped her for vague reasons or no reason at all, including one just last year. The clinic she now attends has a strict daily limit on the amount of opioids it allows patients to have, and she said her new regimen does not adequately treat her pain.

– Hospitals Are Partnering With Lawyers To Treat Patients’ Legal Needs (NPR, 6/6)

RACIAL EQUITY
– George Jones, CEO of Bread for the City, reflects on the impact of WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series and reinforces the need for more philanthropic support for racial equity work. (Daily, 6/7)

– A new report, Race to Lead, debunks myths about the lack of people of color in nonprofit leadership positions. (Chronicle, 6/6 – Subscription needed)

PHILANTHROPY | Rick Moyers, vice president of Programs and Communications for Meyer Foundation, has announced that he will be stepping down from his position in mid-July. (Meyer Foundation Blog, 6/7)

EDUCATION
– Virginia’s governor has signed a bill addressing mental health access in schools and a bill that requires school administrators to inform parents within five days if their child is being bullied. (WTOP, 6/6)

– Arlington school officials moving forward with drug-detection efforts (Inside NOVA, 6/5)

PUBLIC SAFETY | District nightclub bouncers are learning terrorism prevention. (NBC4, 6/6)

ECONOMY | According to a new analysis, the District has the fifth strongest economy in the U.S. (WBJ, 6/6)


Did you see the meteor last night?

– Kendra

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