The opioid epidemic is reshaping life in America, including at the local public library, where librarians are considering whether to carry naloxone to battle overdoses. At a time when the public is debating arming teachers, it is another example of an unlikely group being enlisted to fight a national crisis. Philadelphia became the poster child…Details
The White House’s follow-up salvo in the fight against opioid misuse, dubbed the “Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand,” features a three-pronged strategy to address the nation’s opioid epidemic. The initiative focuses on reducing demand and over-prescription of opioids; cutting off supply of illicit drugs; and expanding treatment options for…Details
The following panel was held on March 6 in Washington, D.C. as part of NACo’s 2018 Legislative Conference: Local governments are on the front lines of the opioid crisis. In 2017, several states and over 100 local jurisdictions filed lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioids to recover the costs of prevention efforts, treatment and…Details
“With the federal government announcing its intent to file a lawsuit against the producers and sellers of opioid-based painkillers, county officials may wonder why their hundreds of peers are filing their own suits, either in state or federal court. “Because we help the most. We provide the most services to those in need and the…Details
National League of Cities’ First Vice President Mark Stodola, writing in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, discusses the human costs of the opioid epidemic and the need for a path forward.