Facebook will now redirect all users looking to either purchase opioids or find substance use disorder treatment to a federal crisis help line, as Facebook aims to reduce illicit drug sales on its platform, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
- California: Facebook will now redirect all users looking to either purchase opioids or find substance use disorder treatment to a federal crisis help line, as Facebook aims to reduce illicit drug sales on its platform. According to Avra Siegel, who is leading Facebook's effort, the feature is unique to Facebook but was created in consultation with the recovery advocacy group Facing Addiction and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Facher, STAT News, 6/19; Knowles, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/20).
- Georgia: Former President Jimmy Carter helped to create a new primary care clinic in the town of Plains, Georgia, which has about 700 residents and no practicing physicians. Carter spoke to Jean Sumner, dean of the Mercer University School of Medicine, about the need for better health care in Plains, which Summer said "opened the door" for the clinic (Rege, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/20).
- Pennsylvania: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will build a new 52-bed hospital next to its King of Prussia Specialty Care and Surgery Center. The new hospital will offer a number of different pediatric services and will house a 24/7, 20-bay ED, as well as an OR suite with up to four ORs (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/20).
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