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31Oct Rep. Farrington votes for program to battle opioid abuse Kalamazoo County study could have statewide importance Categories: Diana Farrington News,News State Rep. Diana Farrington today voted for legislation that establishes a pilot program to battle the opioid abuse epidemic that grips Michigan.Farrington, of Utica, voted for a $700,000 supplemental budget item to set up the program that will help develop a test that assists people with identifying if they have a tendency for addiction to opioids and other painkillers.“The abuse of prescription painkillers is out of control, not just in Michigan but nationwide, and we must take every opportunity to shut down this epidemic that is tearing so many families apart,” Farrington said. “The results obtained from the Kalamazoo County study would allow prescriptions to have the most benefit while also curtailing opioid abuse and overdoses statewide.”The program will test Medicaid recipients for indicators of a high risk toward dependency on painkillers, which will enable doctors to prescribe other medications that may not lead to abuse or overdose.The bill now goes to the governor for consideration.#####The legislation is Senate Bill 253.
Ofcom is planning to encourage UK internet users to download films and music legally with a new code that would require large ISPs to inform customers of allegations that their internet connection has been used to infringe copyright.The media regulator has published a draft code for consultation that it said includes measures to help inform the public and promote lawful access to digital content.The code would initially cover ISPs with more than 400,000 broadband-enabled fixed lines, which currently includes BT, Everything Everywhere, O2, Sky, TalkTalk Group and Virgin Media. The draft code requires ISPs to send letters to customers, at least a month apart, informing them when their account is connected to reports of suspected online copyright infringement.If a customer receives three letters or more within a 12-month period, anonymous information may be provided on request to copyright owners showing them which infringement reports are linked to that customer’s account. The copyright owner may then seek a court order requiring the ISP to reveal the identity of the customer, with a view to taking legal action for infringement under the Copyright Designs and Patent Act 1988.Customers would have the right to challenge any allegation of infringement through an independent appeals body.Claudio Pollack, Ofcom’s consumer group director, said: “These measures are designed to foster investment and innovation in the UK’s creative industries, while ensuring internet users are treated fairly and given help to access lawful content. Ofcom will oversee a fair appeals process, and also ensure that rights holders’ investigations under the code are rigorous and transparent.”
Two thirds of UK consumers would like the TV to be at the centre of their smart home network, according to research into the appeal of the smart home carried out by GfK. According to the research, 67% of respondents want the TV to be at the centre of a home network, acting as an information hub and receiving content from other including readings smart meters and healthcare information as well as entertainment content.The research found that 38% of respondents would be willing to pay for this functionality.Overall, respondents expressed an interest n smart home functionality but were less willing to pay for this functionality, with 35% saying they would be willng to pay to make their home smarter. In general, the age group least likely to own their home – 18-34 year-olds – were most willing to pay to make them smarter, at 49%, while only a fifth of over 54s – those most likely to own their homes – would be willing to pay.While 84% were enthused by energy meters connected to the natonal grid to help control costs, only 28% were willing to pay for this. A higher proportion were willing to pay for a ‘remote controlled home’, with 67% being attracted to this functionality and 51% being willing to pay.Sixty-four per cent of respondents were attracted to home health monitoring, with 39% willing to pay.
UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5 is due to launch in high definition (HD) on free-to-air digital platform, Freeview, on May 4.Announcing the move, the Viacom-owned network said that Channel 5 HD will also be available on the Freesat, YouView, BT and TalkTalk platforms, in addition to its existing position on the Sky and Virgin Media platforms.“Channel 5 is on an exciting journey as we evolve our content and broaden the appeal of our channel to audiences through increased investment in new genres of programming. We’re delighted that Freeview HD viewers will have the opportunity to enjoy the raft of quality programming in high definition,” said Channel 5’s chief operating officer, Paul Dunthorne.