Samford alumnus introduces first telemedicine kiosk in an Alabama pharmacy

As the owner of an independent pharmacy, Cole Sandlin’s goal is to make it a health care destination. “We’re located in a rural community, but I want my patients to have all of the amenities and services that bigger cities have to offer. This is what drives me to offer new things,” said Sandlin, a 2008 alumnus of Samford University’s McWhorter […]

Telemedicine demand spurs rural broadband push in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Republicans don’t usually look to Lyndon Johnson for inspiration. But the need for improved broadband services in rural areas — to spread telemedicine, viewed as the next frontier of medicine — has caused some to look to the former president’s efforts to connect those same areas to the electrical grid. “I’m […]

Small Towns Offer Clues to Life Expectancy Drop

By Sonam Vashi Nov. 1, 2018 — Along the Virginia-Tennessee border, near Virginia’s southwestern tip, you can find a mirror image: twin cities named Bristol that straddle the state line. State Street, the main artery of both cities, forms the dividing line between the two cities, and a sign in lights that frames the street points out […]

Three Questions To Ask of Amazon’s Approach to Homelessness

$2 billion dollars to address the issue of homelessness, is no small shakes, right? This past month, Amazon has upped the ante on their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, following criticism over the response to its hometown of Seattle’s radical plan to address rising homelessness. That, and years of being challenged to define their social […]

San Francisco’s Mayor Opposes Proposition C for the Homeless

The ballot measure would raise $300 million in corporate taxes to combat the city’s most visible problem, but London Breed, San Francisco’s Democratic mayor, fears it could cost jobs. San Francisco voters will decide in Tuesday’s election the fate of Proposition C, a measure that could generate $300 million in additional services for the homeless […]

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The Children The Opioid Crisis Has Left Behind

Grandparents, foster parents, teachers and school administrators are on the front lines of this crisis. Lafayette, Ind. ― There were about three agonizing weeks between the moment Jodie Hicks called child protective services on her son and the moment her granddaughter, Tessa, was taken out of his care. She didn’t want to make the call. […]

Teachers Are Serving As First Responders To The Opioid Crisis

“My job as a teacher is to be a first responder to poverty,” says Greg Cruey, a middle school teacher at Southside K-8 school. “If my students learn other stuff too, that’s great.” By Rebecca Klein WAR, W.Va. ― Middle school teacher Greg Cruey can explain the most harrowing details of his students’ lives with matter-of-fact […]

Using Telemedicine to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Combatting the opioid crisis is a top priority for the Trump Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  We are making progress. Just last week we released the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data, which showed significantly more people received treatment for substance use disorder in 2017 than in […]

America’s huge problem with opioid prescribing, in one quote

If you want a clear explanation of just how much of an outlier the US is in prescribing the powerful drugs that led to the opioid epidemic, consider this statistic given by drug policy expert Keith Humphreys last week during Stanford Medicine X (emphasis mine): The biggest misconception is that the US is normal in how […]