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The City of Reno is exploring new rules for cannabis facilities in order to address the issue of nuisance odors. Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with Bob Conrad of ThisisReno to learn more.

It’s an attempt to get regulations in place when they become permanent, said City Code Enforcement Manager Alex Woodley. “(The ordinances will) replicate what Las Vegas passed.”

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans moved to nix the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate by rolling this repeal into their tax bill. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports how this could affect Nevada.

Heather Korbulic heads up the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, which is Nevada’s health insurance marketplace. Repealing the individual mandate, she says, would be disruptive.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

The human genome is integral to understanding the complex history of human health and disease. Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee is a cancer geneticist and a 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies. Our reporter Anh Gray talks with him about his recent book, The Gene: An Intimate History, which explores the origins of gene science and examines the ethical conundrums involving genetic research. 

 

 

 

Governor Brian Sandoval’s opioid accountability task force met this fall to figure out solutions to the state’s drug crisis. And Nevada lawmakers have been trying to figure out solutions to the epidemic.

Dani Tillman is a substance abuse counselor with The Life Change Center in Sparks. She spent her career helping other people battle addiction, but it became personal several years ago when her daughter, Brittany, was battling an opioid addiction. Tillman recalls the challenges Brittany faced trying to stay clean after relapse prevention treatment.

Using opioids causes the brain to release dopamine and encourage more drug use. Tillman says overcoming addiction is difficult, and can be especially challenging for young people like her daughter.

NPR

The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug overdose crisis in modern U.S. history. Here are 5 things you should know.

Thousands of Nevadans living in rural communities and underserved areas have limited access to healthcare. The remoteness can also make it difficult for primary care providers treating people with opioid-use disorders. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports that teleconferencing could help bridge the gap.

About ten specialists in Reno have gathered to provide mentorship to primary care providers. What’s different here is that those providers are scattered across the state and they’re communicating via teleconference. 

Michelle Matus

The Trump Administration declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency last week. There are millions of people in the U.S. struggling with an opioid-use disorder. Effective treatment can help people with opioid addiction get clean.

NPR

Senate Republicans failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and a few GOP leaders have said they’re moving on to other priorities. But there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the future of the nation’s health care system. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray checks in with Director of Health Policy Research at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine John Packham to break down how the ongoing tension in Washington is affecting our state.

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