Bill Works to Raise Regulations on Restricted-Use Pesticides
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Bill Works to Raise Regulations on Restricted-Use Pesticides

As the use of dangerous pesticides continues, a potential bill is in the works to increase protection for the public. The Hawaii state House unanimously voted to pass a bill that would establish regulations on users of restricted-use pesticides. Specifically, Senate Bill 3095 would create usage, reporting, and location requirements for agricultural businesses that utilize…

OxyContin Manufacturer Changes Marketing Practices
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OxyContin Manufacturer Changes Marketing Practices

Going forward, Purdue will halt promotion of opioids to doctors. Privately held pharmaceutical manufacturer Purdue says that it will no longer market OxyContin, the most sold opioid painkiller in the world, to doctors. Multiple lawsuits blame the pharmaceutical company for helping to trigger the opioid epidemic and are putting pressure on Purdue. This has led…

Opioid Refills Raise Risk of Dependency in Surgical Patients
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Opioid Refills Raise Risk of Dependency in Surgical Patients

Larger doses may not be the problem in the opioid crisis. According to a study of over one million commercially insured patients, the length of opioid prescriptions rather than the dosage is the prime determinant of ongoing opioid misuse among surgical patients. Misuse is defined as dependence, abuse, and/or overdose. Patients were considered opioid-naïve if…

The Cosmetic Industry: Where Pre-Approval is Not Required
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The Cosmetic Industry: Where Pre-Approval is Not Required

Possible asbestos in Claire’s makeup serves as a reminder of “lenient” oversight in the cosmetic industry Claire’s dismisses claims of alleged asbestos-contaminated makeup after a Rhode Island mother reports finding asbestos in her child’s makeup. Becoming concerned about the ingredients in the makeup, Kristi Warner sent in samples to an independent lab for testing in…

Asbestos: Where the U.S. Stands in the World
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Asbestos: Where the U.S. Stands in the World

In comparison to many other countries, the United States can be defined as permissive when it comes to asbestos. Global Asbestos Awareness Week, running April 1-7, is an opportunity to increase awareness of asbestos and its dangers, advocate for a ban of asbestos, and promote prevention of asbestos-related diseases. So, where does the U.S. stand…