Leo Beletsky on ‘The Week in Health Law’ Podcast

By Nicolas Terry and Frank Pasquale

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This week features another return visit from Leo Beletsky, our friend and Northeastern University School of Law professor. Leo is a fearless critic of misguided approaches to the opioid crisis. His take is far more nuanced, using a public health frame to understand the crisis and employing evidence-based analysis to determine appropriate responses. Our wide-ranging conversation included analysis of attempts to combat crisis though law enforcement and interdiction, the inapplicability of the “vector” epidemic frame to opioids, and primary, secondary, and tertiary public health interventions.

We briefly mentioned Frank’s talk in Berlin at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (the think tank of Germany’s Social Democratic Party) discussing the interaction of black hat search engine optimization and addiction rehab referral.

Our lightning round discussed the latest legislative attacks on the ACA (this time through a potential individual mandate repeal), as well as some additional health policy issues.

The Week in Health Law Podcast from Frank Pasquale and Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length discussion about some of the more thorny issues in Health Law & Policy. Subscribe at Apple Podcasts, listen at Stitcher Radio Tunein, or Podbean, or search for The Week in Health Law in your favorite podcast app. Show notes and more are at TWIHL.com. If you have comments, an idea for a show or a topic to discuss you can find us on Twitter @nicolasterry @FrankPasquale @WeekInHealthLaw.

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