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Opioid Addiction: Laws, Regulations, and Other Factors Can Affect Treatment Access

Opioid Addiction: Laws, Regulations, and Other Factors Can Affect Medication-Assisted Treatment Access, GAO-16-833: Published: Sep 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2016.

“Overdoses of opioids such as heroin caused more than 28,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2014. Medication-assisted treatment (which combines medication with behavioral therapy) can reduce opioid addiction. We looked at factors that can affect patients’ access to medication-assisted treatment such as:

  • Federal laws: Laws are more restrictive when medications—e.g., methadone—are used to treat addiction rather than pain.
  • Practitioner availability: Qualified, registered practitioners may not be available.
  • Perception: This treatment is stigmatized and some practitioners are reluctant to use it.
  • Costs: Insurance coverage for treatment can be limited.”

The Global Gender Gap Report 2016

“The Global Gender Gap Index was first introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006 as a framework for capturing the magnitude of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress over time. The Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, education, health and political criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions… Continue Reading

World Wildlife Federation Living Planet Report 2016

“Global biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate, putting the survival of other species and our own future at risk. The latest edition of WWF’s Living Planet Report brings home the enormity of the situation – and how we can start to put it right. The Living Planet Index reveals that global populations of fish,… Continue Reading

Secrecy News reports portions of CIA Records Search Tool will be posted for public access

FAS – Secrecy News – Steven Aftergood: “The Central Intelligence Agency said this week that it will post its database of declassified CIA documents online, making them broadly accessible to all interested users. The database, known as CREST (for CIA Records Search Tool), contains more than 11 million pages of historical Agency records that have… Continue Reading

Americans with Disabilities Act Lawsuits Up 28 Percent in FY 2016

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “Fiscal year 2016 set a new record for litigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. During the twelve months ending September 30, a total of 9,373 new suits were filed. This is up 28 percent over the previous year and more than double the number filed just five years ago. While… Continue Reading

GPO honored for its design services for federal agencies

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) wins six 2016 American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA magazine. GPO’s Creative Services Department offers Federal Agencies a variety of design services: publication design, branding and identity, exhibit graphics, video, multimedia, photography, and security design.  For more than fifty years, Graphic Design USA has recognized the design… Continue Reading

Search thousands of historical documents from the Nuremberg trials

“The Harvard Law School Library uniquely owns and manages approximately one million pages of documents relating to the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and the subsequent twelve trials of other accused Nazi war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT) during the period… Continue Reading

Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, New YSPH Study Funds

News release: “An expansive new analysis by Yale School of Public Health researchers confirms that numerous carcinogens involved in the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing have the potential to contaminate air and water in nearby communities. Fracking is now common in the United States, currently occurring in 30 states, and with millions of people living… Continue Reading

Finding the Public Domain – The Copyright Review Management System

Issue Brief – Finding the Public Domain – The Copyright Review Management System, Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer, University of Michigan, Ithaka S+R. October 26, 2016. “The public domain is the ultimate open access. It is key to the bargain of copyright. Rather simplistically, in order to incentivize authors to produce works, the public, through… Continue Reading

MIT Libraries launch “Public Access QuickSubmit”

“The Libraries has launched a “quicksubmit” web form to help MIT authors comply with research funder public access requirements for articles. We built the form in response to the Department of Energy’s public access plan, released in 2014, which requires researchers to submit accepted manuscripts reporting on DOE-funded work to an open access repository like… Continue Reading

Gallup – Reality and Perception: Why Men Are Paid More

Jane Miller and Amy Adkins, Gallup – “This article is the first in a two-part series. The gender pay gap is one of the most controversial topics related to women and work. Though less pronounced than in the past, the pay gap still exists and has barely budged in over a decade. Estimates of the… Continue Reading

Insights from new book – How Achieving Emotional Agility Can Help You – at Work and in Life

“Just like physical agility, emotional agility is important to overall health, well-being and successful relationships at work. But in a fast-paced world fraught with so much stress and upheaval, how do you achieve it? Psychologist Susan David, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, offers insights in a new book titled Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change,… Continue Reading