Should Prescription Drugs Be Advertised Directly to Consumers?

The $395 billion US pharmaceutical industry spent $5.2 billion on advertising prescription drugs directly to consumers in 2015. [59][60] Since 1962 these ads have been regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that they are not false or misleading. The United States and New Zealand are the only two countries where direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs is legal.

Mental Health Treatment for Children

Vanessa Krause

Education 362

4/20/2018

 

Mental Health Proposal

 

Mental Health Treatment for Children:

 

Proposal created 24 days ago in the Health of youth and children group by Vanessa Krause

 

Context

 

Reference to a current michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

 

MENTAL HEALTH CODE

Act 258 of 1974

Cyberbullying

I would like to bring to the caucus' attention a bill in Michigan that was just passed by the house. The house just passed a bill that would make cyberbullying a crime in Michigan. This is a serious issue that is finally starting to be addressed. There has been much discussion in the Michigan Student Caucus of mental illness within the young population. This is one step that Michigan has taken to help the youth of the state. However, I do think this brings up many questions.

Questions to think about:

What is considered cyberbullying?

Arming Teachers

Legislation developed by two republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives would allow school districts to have access to guns in locked and undisclosed areas in school buildings. Only teachers that volunteer and are trained are allowed to use the firearms. Training would consist of 80 hours and would focus on how to engage with an active shooter. There is a separate bill that would allow teachers to conceal carry with monthly training.

Drones and the safety threat they pose to the public

Adriana inspired me to bring a post of hers over to the health of youth and children thread. If you haven't checked that thread out, I recommend you do. However, I wanted to pose some questions about drone technology and its potential impact on public safety. When we think of drone technology and its role in our communities, the first thing that comes to mind is Amazon. Amazon has been pursuing the idea of using drone technologies to deliver packages to homes in a fraction of the time it takes today. However, Many people are concerned about the safety issues that may arise from this.

Supporting Small Rural Hospitals in Michigan

On March 1, there was a meeting held with the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services about the state's healthcare budget and the important role of small and rural hospitals in the state of Michigan. Terry Lerash, president and CEO of Schuerer Hospital in Pigeon, Michigan addressed the House Appropriations Subcommittee, discussing how federal Medicaid impacted state funding sources which are vital to rural hospitals in the state.

Should Michigan Lower Drinking Age?

Should Michigan adopt the same drinking laws as Wisconsin? In Wisconsin, adults the age of 18-20 may consume alcohol if they are with a parent or guardian of legal drinking age? Many of the dangers associated with alcohol stem from this age group drinking unsupervised in locations such as fraternity houses or other unbounded locations.

Should schools ban soda machines?

Yes
58% (7 votes)
No
25% (3 votes)
Other (comment your view)
17% (2 votes)
Total votes: 12

Given the child obesity epidemic discussed in this group. I'd ask whether schools should allow soda machines or soda in the cafeteria? Soda is packed with sugar and does not provide any nutritional value they are "empty calories." 

The Obama Administration, under the guidance of First Lady Obama, had introduced regulations to cutting out unhealthy foods from school lunch. However, school boards are in charge of such issues. And the school boars are notoriously decentralized and resistant to federal and state intervention. 

Should Prescription Drugs Be Advertised Directly to Consumers?

The $395 billion US pharmaceutical industry spent $5.2 billion on advertising prescription drugs directly to consumers in 2015. [59][60] Since 1962 these ads have been regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that they are not false or misleading. The United States and New Zealand are the only two countries where direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs is legal.

Cyberbullying

I would like to bring to the caucus' attention a bill in Michigan that was just passed by the house. The house just passed a bill that would make cyberbullying a crime in Michigan. This is a serious issue that is finally starting to be addressed. There has been much discussion in the Michigan Student Caucus of mental illness within the young population. This is one step that Michigan has taken to help the youth of the state. However, I do think this brings up many questions.

Questions to think about:

What is considered cyberbullying?

Arming Teachers

Legislation developed by two republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives would allow school districts to have access to guns in locked and undisclosed areas in school buildings. Only teachers that volunteer and are trained are allowed to use the firearms. Training would consist of 80 hours and would focus on how to engage with an active shooter. There is a separate bill that would allow teachers to conceal carry with monthly training.

Drones and the safety threat they pose to the public

Adriana inspired me to bring a post of hers over to the health of youth and children thread. If you haven't checked that thread out, I recommend you do. However, I wanted to pose some questions about drone technology and its potential impact on public safety. When we think of drone technology and its role in our communities, the first thing that comes to mind is Amazon. Amazon has been pursuing the idea of using drone technologies to deliver packages to homes in a fraction of the time it takes today. However, Many people are concerned about the safety issues that may arise from this.

Supporting Small Rural Hospitals in Michigan

On March 1, there was a meeting held with the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services about the state's healthcare budget and the important role of small and rural hospitals in the state of Michigan. Terry Lerash, president and CEO of Schuerer Hospital in Pigeon, Michigan addressed the House Appropriations Subcommittee, discussing how federal Medicaid impacted state funding sources which are vital to rural hospitals in the state.

Should Michigan Lower Drinking Age?

Should Michigan adopt the same drinking laws as Wisconsin? In Wisconsin, adults the age of 18-20 may consume alcohol if they are with a parent or guardian of legal drinking age? Many of the dangers associated with alcohol stem from this age group drinking unsupervised in locations such as fraternity houses or other unbounded locations.

Childhood Obesity Rates In America

Despite recent health trends in the US over the past few years, childhood obesity has remained an American epidemic. Over 16% of US children are currently obese (approx. 12 million people). Obese children have an increased risk of developing many health problems, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol (risk factors for heart diseases), as well as sleep apnea, joint problems, and chronic health conditions like asthma and type 2 diabetes. 

Below are a list of some of the major factors that explain the high number of overweight and obese in the US:

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Mental Health Treatment for Children

Vanessa Krause

Education 362

4/20/2018

 

Mental Health Proposal

 

Mental Health Treatment for Children:

 

Proposal created 24 days ago in the Health of youth and children group by Vanessa Krause

 

Context

 

Reference to a current michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

 

MENTAL HEALTH CODE

Act 258 of 1974

Carly Belloff: Memory and Aging

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

In House Bill No. 4866, it states that “THE DEPARTMENT MAY PROVIDE GRANTS TO PUBLIC AND PRIVATE NONPROFIT ENTITIES FOR PROJECTS THAT DEMONSTRATE WAYS TO INTEGRATE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR OLDER ADULTS INTO PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SETTINGS, SUCH AS FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS, …PRIMARY CARE CLINICS, AND PRIVATE PRACTICE SITES.”

Mental Health (Stress/Anxiety and Depression) by Jenna Kravitz and Jarett Terner

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal: House Bill 5524

​The House Bill 5524 supports our proposal as it requires teachers to undergo training to better understand students that struggle through mental health difficulties. Our proposal tangentially relates to this by training students on how to better deal with the mental health issues that may arise during education.

Should schools ban soda machines?

Yes
58% (7 votes)
No
25% (3 votes)
Other (comment your view)
17% (2 votes)
Total votes: 12

Given the child obesity epidemic discussed in this group. I'd ask whether schools should allow soda machines or soda in the cafeteria? Soda is packed with sugar and does not provide any nutritional value they are "empty calories." 

The Obama Administration, under the guidance of First Lady Obama, had introduced regulations to cutting out unhealthy foods from school lunch. However, school boards are in charge of such issues. And the school boars are notoriously decentralized and resistant to federal and state intervention. 

Do you think teaching about...

Yes, a mental health unit/class in 8th grade would help de-stigmatize mental health and educate students on resources
100% (6 votes)
No, this solution would not change anything
0% (0 votes)
Feel free to comment below if you have an answer that is not so definitive as yes or no!
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 6
Do you think teaching about mental health in eighth grade health classes (having a unit or two on mental health) would help de-stigmatize mental health issues and help guide children to the right resources or do you think this education would be overlooked/insignificant? (I am just trying to get a gauge on if this is a viable solution I should look into or if there are better ways to battle the stigma attached to mental health/unwillingness to get help!)

Should the drinking age in...

Yes to 18
73% (8 votes)
Yes to 18 but only when accompanied by your parents
18% (2 votes)
Yes to 16 but only when accompanied by your parents
0% (0 votes)
No it should remain at 21
9% (1 vote)
Total votes: 11
Should the drinking age in Michigan be lowered or altered?

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