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.
National League of Cities member Mayor Steve Williams of Huntington, West Virginia, writing in Mic, explains how the opioid epidemic must be viewed as a public health crisis and why we cannot arrest our way out of it.
National League of Cities’ James Brooks, writing in Texas Town & City, discusses the scope of the opioid epidemic, the value of data in fighting the crisis and provides several actions for officials at the local, state, and federal level.