Legislature Goes Sine Die at Midnight

The 84th legislature will adjourn shortly. As I write this, I am listening to the Senate as members work toward finishing the day’s calendar and concluding legislative business. This legislature had many debates on healthcare issues during its 60 day session. The Mountain State has one of the highest per capita rates of tobacco useContinue reading “Legislature Goes Sine Die at Midnight”

Some Facts About Coronavirus

The news media is covering COVID-19 or coronavirus as much as the 2020 US Presidential campaign and a number of my friends and colleagues have asked me about the disease.  Here is a little of what I know about it.   Coronavirus is a respiratory illness that is spread much like influenza.  This strain wasContinue reading “Some Facts About Coronavirus”

County Health Rankings: What can we do?

In the above diagram, if you look at the left, it shows that policies & programs can influence health factors which will then influence health outcomes.  At the top, health outcomes are basically half and half length of life and quality of life.  We all want to have longer more fulfilling lives.  The thing thatsContinue reading “County Health Rankings: What can we do?”

Be Patient, Be Kind and You Can Help Someone with Substance Abuse Disorder

Last week, I had the privilege of meeting some of the finest minds in the addiction treatment and recovery world at the Appalachian Addiction and Prescription Drug Abuse Conference. This is timely, as we are in the midst of an addiction crisis. Politicians are threatening to lock up offenders and want to further regulate medicationContinue reading “Be Patient, Be Kind and You Can Help Someone with Substance Abuse Disorder”