Trump’s Opioid Crisis Looks Similar, Yet Altogether Different From State and Local Experience

The president’s speech in New Hampshire had a mix of bipartisan solutions, along with highly political ideas and rhetoric that could destroy broad support for his initiative.

Advocates Offer New Remedy for Health Care Woes as a Bridge to Single Payer

“Universal coverage is within our grasp” in California, but the overall cost is yet to be determined.

To Tackle the Opioid Epidemic, Look to the Sewers

At a civic tech pitch led held by mayors at SXSW, innovators put forward solutions to pressing problems facing cities.

Air Pollution Is Bad for Productivity, Even in Office Jobs

For some organizations, investing in air filters might improve the productivity of indoor workers enough to pay for the devices and add to the bottom line.

The Troubled Future for State Medicaid Expansion

The Affordable Care Act’s extension of public insurance to poor adults might finally make its way into every state. But those inroads could come with a cost.

Medicaid Makes Up Largest Share of Grants to States

Mix of total funding from federal grants varied by state

Aid-in-Dying Gains Momentum as Erstwhile Opponents Change Their Minds

New Jersey is one of at least 25 states considering aid-in-dying bills this year. 

States Want More Money and Less Punishment Over Opioids

“To fully address the crisis we have to treat it as a health care issue, as a child welfare issue and as a drain on our local economies,” said U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state.

The Health-Care Gap Between Red and Blue America

States have a surprising degree of autonomy to block President Trump’s changes to Obamacare—and liberal-leaning states are already making their move.

After EPA Flip, a Push in Several States to Block ‘Harmful’ Pesticide

“If it’s not going to be done federally, we should do it at state level,” said Maryland Del. Dana Stein, a Democrat who has introduced a chlorpyrifos ban in her state. “This is the tactic. It’s the only available option.”

Jails Play Key Role in Advancing County Health and Safety Goals

But with short stays and high turnover, continuity of care after release is crucial.

Trump's EPA Concludes Environmental Racism Is Real

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency finds that people of color are much more likely to live near polluters and breathe polluted air—even as the agency seeks to roll back regulations on pollution.

Rewards Program Encourages SNAP Recipients to Make Healthy Choices

But if budget cutters "insist on definitive proof” that fresh produce produces measurable results, “it’s not possible to give it to them,” according to Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University.

Lessons From Kentucky’s Public Health Surveillance and Community Prevention

The National Governors Association selected seven state governments to participate in a learning lab and receive technical assistance.

Mayor Has His Office Trained to Respond to Drug Overdoses

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Six months since Hurricane Harvey; a fatal stabbing in Mass. library; states legislatures with the most women; Penn State alcohol binge strains local ambulance response time; and S.F. ferries are stuffed to the gills.

Good News: Overdose Deaths Fall in 14 States

But the bad news: “But we’re still seeing rates of overdose that are leaps and bounds higher than what we were seeing a decade ago and far beyond any other country in the world.”

Food Stamps Fall Short of Meal Costs in Most Counties, Study Finds

The findings come at a time when the Trump administration has proposed lower spending on the program in the coming years.

The Rush to Replenish Blood Supplies After Mass-Casualty Events

An estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood. Less than 10 percent of that population actually do.

Why Police Backing Is Key to Needle Exchanges

Nationwide, the list of syringe exchanges, both official and unofficial, has grown by about 15 percent a year for the past three years, with the fastest growth in Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio.