What is FLUID? The Fluoride Legislative User Information Database is a comprehensive database containing legal decisions by U.S. courts and current information on federal, state and local policies regarding community water fluoridation.
Why was FLUID created? FLUID was created to be an up-to-date, user-friendly tool to answer questions about the legal and policy status of community water fluoridation in all U.S. states and territories. The goal of FLUID is to enable users to access accurate information and to be a resource that allows them to compare their current or proposed policies with others from across the country.
How was FLUID created? FLUID was initiated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which funded the Children’s Dental Health Project and the Health Law and Policy Program on Law and Government at the American University’s Washington College of Law. Project staff compiled the original database and annual updates by researching case laws and state and local statutes on Westlaw, Municode, state legislative databases, and other legal search engines.
How is FLUID maintained? Since 2017, the Network for Public Health Law has provided annual updates and conducted site maintenance for FLUID; resources for updates and site maintenance are provided by the Network and the University of Maryland Carey School of Law with assistance from the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and American Fluoridation Society.
Updates are compiled annually, with the most recent update completed in August 2018. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or would like to notify us of recent changes.