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Medical Cannabis Poses Challenges, Opportunities

In light of the ongoing opioid misuse crisis, state and federal policymakers and health care experts are searching for new ways to effectively treat the ill. One area of growing interest among public and clinical health researchers alike is cannabis for medical use.

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 The Latest from Children and Families

NCSL’s Children and Families Program hosted sessions at Legislative Summit, covering a range of issues, from early brain development and foster care, to two-generation strategies and childhood trauma.

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States Fight the Opioid Epidemic by Expanding Access to Treatment

The country is amid an opioid epidemic, and states are actively addressing the issue by working to expand access to evidence-based treatment.

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Strategies for Managing Prison Health Care Costs

Los Angeles—A panel at NCSL's Legislative Summit grappled with how to manage strategies for prison health care expenses that cost states $8.1 billion in 2015 to treat a population with high rates of both physical and behavioral health issues.

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As High-Profile Deaths Stir Discussion, CDC Outlines Rising Suicide Rates and Prevention Strategies

The recent high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain reignited discussions on the state of America’s health.

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Hawaii Throws Shade on Coral-harming Sunscreens

Hawaii just became the first state to ban sunscreens harmful to coral reefs.

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The Latest From Children and Families

NCSL’s Children and Families program covers many human services issues, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, welfare and poverty.

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Prescription Drug Costs - Standing Front and Center

“American Patients First,” a blueprint looking at ways to increase affordable prescription drug access for all Americans, was released by the administration in May.

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Update on House Opioid Legislation

The House is considering more than 50 bills aimed at addressing the opioid crisis. Over two weeks, the House will vote on individual bills and several larger legislative packages, some with bipartisan support and some that are likely to be contentious.

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Variety of Health Topics on the Table at NCSL Seminar

State policymakers’ roles in health policy and public health, Medicaid, prescription drugs and behavioral health were all on the agenda when 40 legislators from 19 states attended a recent NCSL health-focused seminar in La Jolla, Calif.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.