A new joint report from National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National League of Cities (NLC) examines how cities and counties can strengthen collaboration with each other and state, federal, private-sector and non-profit partners to tackle the opioid crisis.

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A Prescription for Action: Local Leadership in Ending the Opioid Crisis

A new joint report from National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National League of Cities (NLC) examines how cities and counties can strengthen collaboration with each other and state, federal, private-sector and non-profit partners to tackle the opioid crisis.

Several of the recommendations are accompanied by existing local practices from cities and counties. The report also includes recommendations for state and federal officials, who are pivotal partners in local efforts to combat opioid misuse, diversion, overdose and death.

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Town hall on the Opioid Epidemic: Leading in a Crisis

In countless communities across the nation, abuse of prescription drugs and heroin has reached epidemic levels, leading to unprecedented rates of drug overdoses and related fatalities. As this public health crisis has unfolded, local leaders are formulating effective responses. Much progress has been made on this front, but much work remains to be done. During…

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King County and Seattle to open safe injection sites for opioids

The Community Health Engagement Locations (CHELs) will be more than an alternative to taking drugs in public without the risk of overdose. They’ll be staffed with medical and counseling personnel and will represent a public health-oriented approach to the epidemic, complementing the criminal justice side that cracks down on dealers and drug traffickers. The task…

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NACo op-ed: ACA Repeal Could Stymie Opioid Treatments

In both the House and Senate, lawmakers approved resolutions during the second week of January that set the stage for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. If these repeal efforts prove successful — as is expected — individuals throughout the country who rely on ACA exchanges for health coverage could lose access to addiction…

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