At the 2024 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference, health leaders met to discuss the state of the substance use crisis and how they’re ensuring every Hawaiian who needs services can receive them.  Heather Lusk, executive director of Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center, said research  is showing a growing effectiveness of harm reduction … Read more

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his 2023 State of the State address on Thursday, which highlighted the fentanyl crisis and school safety as some of the high-priority “emergency” items for this legislative session.      With no mention of the Uvalde tragedy in his speech, Abbott said the state must provide more mental health professionals … Read more

Alaska health care professionals discussed the importance of using harm reduction services in treating substance use disorders on Wednesday.     Dr. Sarah Spencer, a family medicine specialist at Ninilchik Traditional Council Community Clinic, discussed harm reduction during the Alaska Division of Behavioral Health’s Project ECHO meeting. The ECHO series educates residents on substance use … Read more

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we will be in person at our 2022 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference this year. I think things are moving in the right direction and once kiddos can get vaccinated, I know a number of folks will be even more comfortable. Vaccinations will be required. On a … Read more