Greg interviews Jay Edwards, the State Representative for Ohio House District 94. Representative Edwards recently introduced a bill, known as House Bill 167 or Daniel’s Law, that aims to cut back on the over prescribing of opioids by limiting the amount physicians can prescribe.
There are usually two reasons you install an app on your phone: You either need it, or you're curious about it. This week's app just barely fits into the second category. Its just intriguing enough to warrant a download. Its called iBeer (thankfully, its free!). Open the app and the screen looks as though its filling with beer. You can swirl it, you can tip it and pretend to drink it, you can knock it over. Wherever the screen tilts, the beer mimics it. Once the beer is gone from the screen, you hear a burp...and the app closes.
For extra fun, you can pick between different styles of beer, or decide to go with mouthwash instead.
Greg interviews Dr. Martin Klapheke, the Assistant Dean of Medical Education and Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Central Florida. Dr. Klapheke and his team have developed a new opioid-related curriculum to help medical students fully understand how to safely treat substance abuse disorder and prevent the over-prescribing of opioids.
As the kids are getting ready to head back to school, it won't be long before we start pestering our kids if they got their homework done. This app helps students keep track of their assignments. They input their schedule at the beginning of the year and add assignments as they come due. At a glance they can see what is due, when its due, and which assignments are late. Students can even link to their teacher's online assignment calendar...so they don't have to remember to write down the homework or make a note of test days. The app is free for iOS, Android, and you can get a Google Chrome browser extension, but it requires signing up for an account so information can be synced across multiple devices. There is also a paid version that, as far as I can tell, mostly allows you to download and install different themes.
Greg interviews Lisa Landau, the Bureau Chief of Health Care at the NYS Office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Lisa and her team have been working since 2012 to remove health care coverage blocks for those seeking treatment for substance abuse disorder. Listen to the podcast to discover how Lisa’s team is continuing to make healthcare providers aware of these issues and how states can address similar issues on their own.
This weekend is Ohio's back-to-school, tax free weekend. The state will not charge sales tax on clothing under $75, school supplies under $20 and school instructional material under $20.
From 12:01am Friday morning until 11:59pm Sunday night, the tax holiday will be in effect.
According to Ohio.gov, “clothing” is not limited to shirts and pants. It also includes uniforms (athletic and non-athletic), shoes, slippers, hats, ear muffs, diapers, garter belts, formal wear, and wedding apparel. HOWEVER, clothes for use in a trade or business are NOT tax exempt. Neither are accessories like briefcases, handbags, jewelry, cosmetics, or wigs. (FYI: although your football game-jersey may be tax exempt, your shoulder-pads aren't.)
You can use coupons and still get the exemption...however, rain-checks are only good if you pick up the item before 11:59pm Sunday night.
Also take note: if you buy something online...the seller's timezone will determine the date. So...if you buy a t-shirt from Oregon at 1am Friday, and hope to avoid paying Ohio sales tax...you're out of luck, because it's still 10pm Thursday in Oregon.
For more information and questions, go to the official info page at tax.ohio.gov.
Greg interviews Dave Aronberg, the State Attorney of Palm Beach County, Florida. Mr. Aronberg established a Sober Homes Task Force to combat the numerous flop-houses and fake treatment centers that have popped up around Delray Beach.
Greg asks the State Attorney about how this problem developed and has continued to thrive. He explains that the issue of these for-profit treatment and detox centers started after the ACA and other legislation started providing states with money. “Palm Beach County, and Delrey Beach in particular, has had a long history of very active recovery communities. When the laws started to change, with the Affordable Care Act and Mental Health Charity Act, and other well-intended laws that provided new benefits for individuals with behavioral health issues… you started to see predators move in and take advantage of the new pods of money…”
This app is like AirBnB...but for boats!
A collection of boat owners who offer their boats up for rent. Whether you're looking for a boat, or have a boat and are looking for a little extra cash, GetMyBoat is the app for you.
(A quick search of the Cleveland area shows mostly kayak and canoe rentals, and fishing charters)
Greg interviews Capt. Houston Park, Dr. Belma Andric, and Dr. Mar Schlosser about their work on a new Subxone pilot program in Palm Beach, Florida. The program, modeled after a similar program at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, involves a five step process to help those suffering from opioid use disorder get into treatment.
There's a new player in the online grocery game, and if you care about what you put in your body, don't care about brand names, and know your times-tables up to 3...you're in luck!
Brandless.com is a grocery store where all items are $3. There are, as the name suggests, no Doritos, Colgate, or Kraft, but you can buy generic chips, toothpaste and mac-n-cheese.
All products come in plain packaging, and pickings are pretty slim at the moment, but they're expanding. The site makes a point to emphasize the products with “values”, (ie “organic”, “gluten-free”, “non-GMO”, etc). Each product is shipped directly from the manufacturer, so it cuts out the middleman, but that means one order could end up coming in several deliveries.
If you're looking to save on groceries AND shop from your laptop...Brandless.com could be right up your alley.