Creating and implementing effective risk-management strategies for injection drug users is a challenge around the world. Countless policies have been proposed and implemented with varying degrees of success. The World Health Organization, also known as WHO, has developed a comprehensive program comprised of nine interventions designed to mitigate the risks associated with injection drug use, including needle exchange programs; opioid substitution therapy; prevention, diagnosis and treatment for diseases related to drug abuse, and public education campaigns for injection drug users and their sexual partners. Some of these strategies have been implemented recently by Midwestern states.

     Supporters of Proposition 46 call it the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act of 2014 after two children who died at the hands of a driver under the influence of prescription drugs and alcohol.  This alone sets a deeply personal cord with Proposition 46 advocates.

Colorado’s commitment to be the healthiest state will be achieved through spending smarter, not necessarily more, according to Tom Massey, deputy executive director and chief operating officer of the state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. “As health care itself changes, so must the way we finance health care,” Massey said. “We must reform our payment models so we get better quality and value.”

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced yesterday, according to the Burlington Free Press, restrictions that will make it harder for doctors to prescribe the new FDA approved painkiller Zohydro. His announcement follows last week's ban of the drug by Massachusetts. 

The 2009 Recovery Act temporally increased benefits for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). However, that boost is coming to an end in November, 2013.

In June 2013, Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval signed SB 410, making possession of syringes legal. This will allow people to obtain syringes from a pharmacy without a prescription and paves the way for syringe exchange programs (SEPs). Nevada is the 37th state to decriminalize syringe possession. 

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that helmet use decreases fatalities in motorcycle accidents and those riders that wore helmets saved society economic costs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riders killed in motorcycle crashes accounted for 14 percent of all road traffic deaths. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Laws that require some motorcycle riders, generally those 17 and younger, to wear helmets are in place in 28 states. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety provides a breakdown of specific populations covered by helmet laws per state. Partial helmet laws generally require younger riders to wear helmets and may exempt helmet use for some low power cycles.  

Going to work sick can impact your recovery time, co-workers’ health, and potentially customers depending on the job. Sick food workers, regardless of the location of the worker in the food supply chain, can cause others to get sick. The Food Chain Workers Alliance’s new report shows that more than half of workers go to work sick. Handling food while sick can spread diseases like Hepatitis A, E. coli, Salmonella, and Shigella. The CDC estimates that 3,000 Americans die of foodborne disease each year.

Adult and childhood obesity remain a major issue for states and the nation. States have implemented various policies and programs to reduce the number of adults and children who are either overweight or obese. The economic benefit of having a healthier population is a significant reason why states continue to push for healthy programs.

A U.S. Department of Health And Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fact Sheet for Coaches states "A concussion is an injury that changes how the cells in the brain normally work. Even a ding, 'getting your bell rung,' or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious." Two draft bills in the 2011 Suggested State Legislation volume help coaches and schools deal with student athlete concussions.