In this section you will learn more about issues related to public policy associated with the opioid epidemic on the state level:
1. What are the challenges on the state level
2. Public health vs criminal justice approaches to the opioid epidemic
3. Insurance coverage for treatment of opioid dependence
4. Strategies to reduce harm of opioid
Content will be in various forms including articles, infographs, interviews, links to other websites, video and other media forms.
Framing the Opioid Challenge on the State Level
This is the Governors Panel at the 2016 International Conference on Opioids presented June 5-7, 2016 in Boston.
JULY 25, 2015
National Governors Association, Discussion on Prescription Drug Abuse
Governors met to discuss the best methods to combat the problem of prescription drug abuse. Guest speakers included former Representative Mary Bono (R-CA), co-founder of the Congressional Csucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, who said the current debate surrounding the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana was clouding anti-drug messages targeted toward young people.
“Taking Action to Address the Nation’s Opioid Crisis” was a joint meeting of the Health and Human Services Committee and the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. The 2015 Summer Meeting of the National Governors Association was held at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
State Best Practice
The State Ecosystem
State Check List
Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies for the treatment of substance use disorders. A combination of medication and behavioral therapies is effective in the treatment of substance use disorders, and can help some people to sustain recovery.
National Governors Association
Concern about the abuse of addictive pain medications dominated sessions of the National Governors Association and a proposal to place numerical limits on prescriptions is in the works.
Joint statement by National Governors Association (NGA) Health and Human Services Committee Chair Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker; Vice Chair New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan; American Medical Association (AMA) Chair-Elect Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA
Governors Devise Bipartisan Effort to Reduce Opioid Abuse By Robert Pear Feb. 21, 2016