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Assessing the Impact of Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in Washington and Oregon

In September 2015, the National Institutes of Health awarded Program Design and Evaluation Services (PDES) a grant to study the impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in Washington and Oregon, and the influence of local (i.e., city and county) regulatory policies and taxes on marijuana. PDES will receive $1.4 million over 3 years to study this innovative and timely topic.

Assessment of Oregon's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Oregon's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was set up to collect information from pharmacies about schedule II – IV controlled substances dispensed in Oregon. The system, housed in Oregon’s Injury Prevention Program, became operational in September 2011 when providers started using the system to assess controlled substance use by their patients.

School Bullying Policies in Oregon

Many states have adopted legislation to reduce bullying, harassment, intimidation, and cyber bullying in schools, but the extent to which such legislation translates into effective school-district policies is unknown. PDES and partners will evaluate this knowledge gap.

Trends in Dual Tobacco Use in Alaska

Some smokers are using SLT as a substitution for cigarettes when smoking is not possible. PDES with partners in Alaska evaluated trends in dual cigarette and smokeless tobacco (SLT) use over time among Alaskan males.

LIFE Program with Mercy Corps and Multnomah County Health Department

PDES engaged in two projects that seek to integrate public health, economic development, and the criminal justice system to improve incarcerated women’s employment success, mental and physical health outcomes, and decrease recidivism.

Article Shows Higher-Than-Expected Taxable Sales After Smoking Ban

Myde Boles, Ph.D. and colleagues from PDES published an article on taxable retail sales for bars and taverns in Washington State after the implementation of a smoke-free law in July 2010.

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