Following his prepared remarks at Health Journalism 2016, United States Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., (@) answered some questions from journalists about opiods, alcohol, marijuana, mental health, gun violence, the relationship between science and public policy, and more.
Stories on how heroin and other opioid abuse shattering communities have been the focus of many powerful pieces in media outlets across the country. After years of inaction, Washington, D.C. ,has begun turning its attention to the issue and moving toward some possible action.
But covering the moving parts of the Department of Health and Human Services, Congress and the White House in tackling the issue is akin to tracking a moving target, all complicated by election-year politicking. What’s a reporter – especially one outside D.C. – to do? Continue reading
- A woman was watching television at night when she came upon footage documenting her husband’s death. She had never been contacted for permission.
- A doctor hired a private investigator to investigate a patient.
- A woman went online and found that a website had made public some 6,000 paternity cases.
These privacy breaches, Ornstein said, can be “very, very harmful” to individuals. Continue reading
United States Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., (@) spoke to attendees of Health Journalism 2016 and discussed how his administration will address the overuse of opioids in the United States.
A follow-up blog post will feature Murthy answering journalists’ questions after his prepared talk.
Everywhere he travels, Vivek Murthy, M.D., surgeon general of the United States, hears a similar plea from families.
Do something about the drugs ruining our communities and our families. Help us fight the opioid epidemic.
On Saturday, at the awards luncheon attended by hundreds of AHCJ members at Health Journalism 2016, Murthy promised to respond by mobilizing the medical community and issuing the first surgeon general’s report on substance abuse, addiction and health later this year. Continue reading