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Between 1999 and 2013, the amount of prescription painkillers dispensed in the U.S. quadrupled. In roughly the same period, both painkiller-related deaths and heroin-related deaths quadrupled as well. The U.S. is facing an epidemic of opioid abuse, but promising interventions could turn the tide.

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About half of Americans take a vitamin or supplement daily, despite issues concerning their safety. In "Supplements and Safety," FRONTLINE, The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation team up to investigate the supplement industry, uncovering cases of contamination and serious health problems and raising questions about federal oversight and marketing practices.

Read about important events, research, community investments and programs to improve public health in NIHCM's newsletter, Population Health Spotlight.

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Introducing NIHCM's new quarterly newsletter, Population Health Spotlight, featuring important events, research, community investments and programs to improve public health.

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This webinar, co-hosted by NIHCM Foundation and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, explored ways to connect women to dental coverage and care during pregnancy, including the impact of the ACA on dental insurance options; strategies to integrate dental screenings and referrals into prenatal care; and efforts to educate pregnant women on dental care.

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This fact sheet details how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and a powerful coalition of stakeholders launched a series of school-based obesity prevention programs designed to help schools with different sets of needs and resources.

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This Health Matters webinar, hosted by USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism with support from NIHCM Foundation, provided context for chronicling the threat posed by lead in communities nationwide, identifed potential policy solutions, and highlighted leaders who are ahead of the curve on minimizing exposure.

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Americans spend more than $30 billion a year on vitamins and supplements. But how do we know these pills are safe? In Supplements and Safety, FRONTLINE, The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation team up to investigate the supplement industry, uncovering cases of contamination and serious health problems and raising important questions about federal oversight and marketing practices.

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This NIHCM-funded study will collect information from officials in eight states on their policies aimed at reducing opioid pain reliever (OPR) abuse, examine inpatient and ED data and mortality records to characterize OPR complications, and empirically estimate the impact of state policies on complications. Results are expected to inform additional efforts to mitigate the incidence and consequences of OPR abuse.

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