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MHA Revue - Issue #69


MHA Revue

May 15 · Issue #69 · View online
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Mississippi Health Care News
Forrest General honors Nurses of the Year
Mississippi Nurses Association hosts Pharmacology Summit & Controlled Substances workshop
2017 Provider workshops for MississippiCAN and CHIP scheduled
Grassroots effort close to forcing OCH referendum
Town Hall Meeting on Impact of Opioids Scheduled for May 23 in Brandon
A town hall meeting in Brandon this month will address the growing impact of opioids in communities across the state. The meeting is hosted in a partnership with the Department of Mental Health, the Bureau of Narcotics, the Board of Pharmacy, and the Jackson Division of the FBI.
The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on May 23 at the Brandon Civic Center and include a panel with representation from all agencies, as well as representatives from across the state and Rankin County. It will also include someone who has been personally impacted by opioid addiction and the destruction it can cause. This meeting is just one in a series of town halls that will be held throughout the state in the coming months. The town halls will also share information from Governor Bryant’s Opioid and Heroin Study Task Force that is expected to release recommendations later this summer.
“In Mississippi, one in 10 people misuse prescription drugs,” said Diana Mikula, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. “Opioids have a tremendous impact in all of our communities. Addiction doesn’t discriminate. It occurs in families from all walks of life.”
Understanding addiction and strong prevention efforts can be key to keeping Mississippi families safe. While prescription opioids can be obtained from doctors for legitimate needs, they can also carry their own dangers. Misuse of those drugs can lead to physical dependence and, eventually, to full-scale mental addiction when people lose the ability to stop their misuse on sheer willpower alone.
Prescription drug abuse has surged 400% in the past decade, and many teens now say it is easier to acquire prescription drugs than it is to buy beer. According to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, for the past three years there were 486 reported drug overdoses in Mississippi.
Of those reported, 394 were opioid related. In 2016, there were 3,574,662 prescriptions written and 201,224,298 dosage units dispensed for opioids in Mississippi. The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotic’s 2017 Executive Summary reported there were 14 overdose deaths in Rankin County alone from 2013 through 2016.
“The partnerships we have are essential in helping us educate communities about the impact addiction is having on our state,” Mikula said. “By working together through these town hall meetings, our goal is to reduce the death and destruction caused by opioid addiction.”
National Health Care News
Trump Says He Knows About Health Care, But Some Of His Facts Seem Alternative
No, Medicaid isn't broken
9 Steps for Community Assessment
A Roadmap to Decreasing Clinician Burnout
The Rapidly Evolving Role of Nurse Executives
Engaging Staff in Safety Initiatives
Looking Upstream to Tackle Social Health Needs
CFOs look into the crystal ball: The future business model of healthcare
Hospitals face unprecedented turnover, attrition rates: 4 survey findings
CDC webinar May 23 on resource management during infectious disease outbreaks
Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Lyft team up for patient transportation
CMS gives 800,000 docs a pass on MACRA requirement
Health IT
Nations race to contain widespread hacking
Can You Beat the Data Thieves?
Cyberattack Is Likely to Keep Spreading
How to Protect Yourself From Ransomware
U.S. Agencies Work to Thwart Cyberattacks
What We Know About the Global Ransomware Attack
ACA Updates
Senators hold back-channel talks on bipartisan Obamacare fix
GOP Move to Ease Existing-Condition Health Coverage Mandate Could Endure
Health insurance premiums will keep going up, under either ACA or AHCA
Trump health chief: Senate will vote on ObamaCare repeal by August
Senate Conservatives Look to Cut Medicaid
Obamacare replacement threatens kids' health coverage
Senate hard-liners outline health-care demands with Medicaid in the crosshairs
Governors urge Congress to quickly extend CHIP funding for five years
The future of Obamacare will be written by insurers like this one
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