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RWJF 2014 Papers

Papers submitted as part of the 2014 Public Health Law Fellowship program.

Aggregate Public Benefits of Farm to School Activities Suggest Massachusetts and Other States Should Make Concerted Efforts to Increase Participation Rates of Both Schools and Farms

Maryanne Reynolds, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, Government Bureau, Administrative Law Division, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
This paper recommends that each state track the number of its schools and its farms participating in farm to school activities with the aim of increasing participation rates.

Addressing the Designer Drug Problem

Patricia Stein, R.N., Ph.D., J.D. Assistant Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General State of Texas
This paper describes the problem imposed by designer rugs, specifically bath salts and Spice, the steps that federal, state, European, and local governments have taken to ban the substances, as well as recommendations to protect the public's health in the future.

Youth Sports Injury Prevention--Protecting Our Children So That They May Enjoy a Lifetime of Exercise and Competition

Michael J. Kennedy, Deputy Attorney General, Division of Law, Department of Law & Public Safety, Office of the New Jersey Attorney General
This paper will address some fundamental issues concerning concussions and will discuss suggested protocols for consideration concerning their treatment and prevention.

Mentally Ill, Convicted and Confined in the United States: The Discharge Dilemma for Undocumented Immigrants

Rhonda L. Edwards, J.D., MPH* Assistant Attorney General Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Public Health Litigation Group Maryland Office of the Attorney General
This research policy paper will examine the laws and policies that create the current treatment dilemma for mentally ill non-citizen criminal offenders, victims and states and highlight measures that some states have taken to create viable discharge options for this population.

Non-Emergency Involuntary Medication Procedure: Promoting Treatment for Individuals with Mental Illness in State Custody Without Compromising Constitutional Rights

Sarah Katz, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Vermont Attorney General
This paper examines aspects of non-emergency involuntary medication procedures that unnecessarily delay treatment.

Enforcement of Controlled Substance Laws, Including Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs), and Their Effectiveness in Combating Controlled Substance Abuse

Stephanie A. Daniel, Chief, State Programs Branch, Office of the Attorney General for the State of Florida
This paper explores the different approaches taken with the PDMPs in California, Florida, and New York.

Consumer Fraud Associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act--A Preliminary Report

David Hart, Assistant Attorney-in-Charge, Health Fraud Unit/Consumer Protection Section
This paper will review early concerns regarding fraud on consumers relating to the ACA , actions taken to prevent and combat such fraud, and the reported incidence of fraud during the initial open enrollment period.

Tools Available to States Attorneys General to Combat Off-Label Marketing and How Expansion of the Commercial Speech Doctrine Affects Them

Timothy C. Samuelson, Assistant Attorney General, Wisconsin Department of Justice
Although off-label prescribing is both legal and common, it adversely affects the public health. As a result, the states and their attorneys general have a compelling interest in preventing off-label marketing.

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