By Chrissie Juliano, Director of The Big Cities Health Coalition
Today marks 90 days since the President declared the opioids crisis a public health emergency, and the White House announced last week that it would extend the declaration for another 90 days. To date, little has changed in the federal approach to the epidemic, and unfortunately, the emergency declaration has amounted to little more than administratively nibbling around the edges of a major national public health crisis. Simply extending the emergency declaration does little to address the epidemic. What is needed is funding and leadership at the federal level.