Monday, October 20, 2014

Originally published on Oct. 12, 2014, Alabama Public Radio Love, respect, integration into communities, work, housing, food and clean water: That’s what mentally ill people, like all human beings, need. Instead, in many parts of the developing world, people with mental illness are chained, nearly starved and even locked in a cage with a wild animal like a hyena to scare the demons out of them. The World Health Organization’s Chain-Free Initiative was launched in […]


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Recently, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a final rule rescheduling hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) into Controlled Substance Schedule II, effective Oct. 6, 2014.   The DEA clarified key points impacting implementation that are of interest to health care providers and patients: • Prescriptions for HCPs that are issued on or after Oct. 6, 2014, must comply with requirements for Schedule II prescriptions; refills of these prescriptions will be prohibited. • Prescriptions for HCPs that […]


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Gov. Robert Bentley signed the following proclamation to highlight the importance of recognizing and treating mental illness.   Mental Illness Awareness Week in Alabama WHEREAS the Alabama Department of Mental Health serves more than 230,000 people through a broad network of state mental illness and intellectual disability facilities and community-based services; WHEREAS members of the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association serve thousands of Alabama residents through private practice and psychiatric hospitals and facilities; WHEREAS serious mental […]


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