Texas Legislature Prescribes Funding To Fight ‘Pill Mills’
Five stories that have North Texas talking: State wants to put the lid on pill mills, libraries worry about lack of diversity in children’s books, Mumford fans can start marking days off their countdown calendar (again) and more.
Lawmakers have given the Texas Medical Board enough money to hire five employees to inspect and regulate the pain management clinics that have been dubbed “pill mills.” Up until now, the Medical Board has only been able to investigate complaints. According to KUHF, with the new hires, in-person inspections will become the norm. Pain management clinics primarily dispense prescription drugs, including opioids and barbiturates which can be highly addictive. “A lot of these pain clinics are criminal operations,” says Leigh Hopper with the Texas Medical Board. “They don’t even resemble a medical office.”
Five counties, including Dallas and Tarrant, are home to more than 60 percent of the state’s clinics. Earlier this year, the certificates of 111 registered pain management clinics had expired, and the Texas Medical Board had no information about whether those clinics continued to operate. The board cites a lack of manpower and funding for the lapse in regulation.
- A Look Back At Race And Admissions At UT: After the Supreme Court sent a high-profile Texas affirmative action case back down to the lower courts yesterday, eyes turned again to UT and Abigail Fisher. But the University of Texas has a long history with race and admissions and has been tangled in several major lawsuits on different sides of the issue. Back in 1950, before Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court ordered UT to admit Heman Marion Sweatt, the grandson of a slave, to its all-white law school. Here's NPR’s full timeline.
- From The Battlefield To The Halls Of Learning: The Texas Workforce Commission has added six schools to its College Credit for Heroes program. The Dallas and Tarrant community college districts are among them. This program launched in 2011 and is designed to translate veterans’ military experience into actual college credit hours. This latest funding installment of $1.5 million boosts the program’s participation to 10 schools across Texas. You can click here for more information or to register for the program. [KUT]
- You Must Wait, You Must Wait For Them: North Texas fans of Mumford and Sons will have to bottle their enthusiasm until mid September. The band was forced to cancel a string of shows earlier this month, including a sold-out date in Dallas, when bass player Ted Dwane had a blood clot in the brain that required surgery. But now he's out of the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Mumford and Sons’ new date at the Gexa Energy Pavillion is Sept. 18. [USA Today]