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German Lopez

2 September 2020

New York, United States

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Although public health experts agree that New York was initially slow to implement protocols to protect citizens from COVID-19, they also agree that the state was able to gain control over the virus due to the actions...

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German Lopez

13 November 2018

Massachusetts, United States

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Massachusetts' strict gun-licensing laws make gun buyers jump through many hoops before they can buy and possess a firearm, part of a broader set of policies and factors that give the state the lowest gun death rate i...

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German Lopez

25 September 2018

United States

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In a recent study, doctors who were told one of their patients had died prescribed 10% fewer opiates than doctors in a control group. The letters came with recommendations from the CDC for not overprescribing painkill...

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German Lopez

31 July 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Primary care providers often decline to learn how to treat opioid addiction because it takes too much time and specialization—it's a complex disease. But ECHO, a New Mexico initiative that links primary care providers...

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German Lopez

10 May 2018

Richmond, Virginia, United States

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In order to tackle opioid addiction, the state of Virginia found a way to make drug treatment accessible to people with medicaid by boosting “reimbursement rates to addiction treatment providers.” Historically, drug t...

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German Lopez

17 April 2018

France

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When France changed their policy in 1995, and allowed primary care doctors to prescribe buprenorphine, an anti-drug medication that reduces cravings for opioids, a drastic change happened. “Within four years, overdose...

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German Lopez

14 August 2017

Florida, United States

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After the 2016 elections, division, issues of bigotry and racism led to prejudice and resentment. Research studies at different universities around the country have shown that by opening dialogue with people across ra...

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German Lopez

7 July 2014

Colorado, United States

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Colorado has seen a dramatic decrease in teen pregnancy rates after a privately funded program worked to offer intrauterine devices (IUDs) at little or no cost to low-income women. The program, combined with other fac...

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