In Uncommon But Significant Move, NC Budget Defines Treatment For Opioid Disorder

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The funding change is expected to change how people with addictions get treatment, says North Carolina Health News. Meanwhile, a small, rural county in Florida recorded nine deaths from fentanyl overdoses over the July 4 weekend, slightly fewer than the total number of such deaths in 2021.

North Carolina Health News: Opioid funding changes could mean changes for people with addiction

North Carolina lawmakers passed their compromise on the state budget last week, and there was a notable shift in how they described funding to help people with alcohol-related disorders. substance use. In the last budget, state lawmakers defined treatment for opioid use disorder and included the drugs that have been most helpful for people. (Knopf, 7/7)

AP: Rural Florida County shocked by holiday fentanyl deaths

A small, largely rural county west of Florida’s capital saw an unprecedented spike in fatal drug overdoses believed to be caused by fentanyl over the July 4 weekend, with nine people dead in the latest sign that a national crisis becomes even further- reaching. In 2021, Gadsden County had just 10 overdoses, Sheriff Morris Young said. He didn’t remember being mortal. (Farrington, 7/7)

From California –

San Francisco Chronicle: SF will try to remove police from low-level 911 calls regarding homelessness

San Francisco plans to create a six-month pilot program for community workers instead of police to respond to low-level emergency calls about homelessness — a year after supervisors set aside $3 million to initiative. But the program is still a year away from launch, officials said. (Moench, 7/6)

San Francisco Chronicle: California voters will vote on dialysis clinics for the third time in four years. Here’s what’s different this time

A nearly identical version of Proposition 29 appeared on the state’s 2020 ballot and failed. Voters also rejected Proposition 8, a related measure, in 2018. All three were filed by the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), an Oakland-based union that represents medical workers. (Pack, 7/6)

AP: California woman fakes cancer and falsifies grades to avoid jail

A memo submitted to the federal judge sentencing a 38-year-old California woman for embezzlement claimed a biopsy revealed “cancer cells” in her uterus. Another said she was having surgery and her cancer had spread to her cervix. Another letter warned her that she “cannot be exposed to COVID-19” due to her fragile condition. But federal officials say the grades and the cancer were all fake, and now Ashleigh Lynn Chavez is heading to jail for three times as long. This week, the court added two more years to his original one-year prison sentence. (7/6)

From Massachusetts and Washington, DC —

The Boston Globe: EPA Warns Company Dismantling Pilgrim Plant Against Dumping Potentially Radioactive Wastewater Into Cape Cod Bay

In a stern letter, the Environmental Protection Agency warned the company dismantling the disused Pilgrim nuclear power plant against pursuing a plan to dump sewage into Cape Cod Bay. The letter, dated June 17 and released Wednesday by Sen. Edward J. Markey’s office, was the latest salvo in a controversy that has rocked South Shore and Cape Cod communities since last fall. It was then that the company Holtec raised the possibility of dumping around 1 million gallons of radioactive sewage into the bay. (Damiano, 7/6)

The Washington Post: DC Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt resigns

DC Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt will step down at the end of the month, she told the Washington Post on Wednesday, ending a nearly eight-year run for one of the cabinet’s most senior members. of Mayor Muriel E. Bowser who was instrumental in the city. daily response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Brice-Saddler, 7/6)

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