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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

Citizen Toolbox



Expanding The Use Of Medications To Treat Individuals With Substance Use Disorders In Safety-net Settings Creating Change On The Ground: Opportunities And Lessons Learned From The Field


Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

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.

Medication Assisted Treatment Implementation Checklist


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.


Governors, Physicians Call For End To Nation’s Opioid Epidemic  February 20, 2016 Press release 


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




2016 Winter Meeting - Health and Human Services Committee  February 20, 2016


Governors Devise Bipartisan Effort to Reduce Opioid Abuse  By Robert Pear Feb. 21, 2016


Strengthening Partnerships to Address the Nation’s Opioid Crisis Video


N.H. Heroin Task Force Makes Final Recommendations on Drug-Related Proposals   Proposal (PDF) 


THE OPIATE/OPIOID PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS Update on the State of New Hampshire’s Comprehensive Response 

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