Opioids Misuse and Abuse
Deaths from opioid overdose now outnumber fatal car accidents, contributing to the first sustained drop in life expectancy in the U.S. in decades. Public health officials in the Big Cities Health Coalition are on the front lines of this epidemic, implementing solutions to combat and prevent addiction, misuse and abuse. They work each day to create programs that prevent and address addiction, fight drug abuse, connect those in need to treatment, and share education with patients, health care providers and the community.
Advocacy & Policy
The Big Cities Health Coalition created an advocacy document to help our members advocate at the federal level for policies and funding to address and prevent opioid use and misuse.
The Big Cities Health Coalition requested that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review a rule that puts an arbitrary cap on the number of patients medical providers are allowed to treat with an opioid addiction treatment called buprenorphine.
BCHC wrote a letter to U.S. Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, requesting their support for the passage of S.524, the “Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act" (CARA). Members also requested that legislators go a step further by also supporting "The Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment (TREAT) Act,” (S.1455).
The Coalition wrote a letter to comment on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.
Click below to explore data on opioid misuse and abuse.
See the opioid addiction policies and practices being implemented by some of our member cities.
The 90 Days of the White House Opioid State of Emergency are up, and communities have little to show for it
For more blog posts, check out our Front Lines Blog.
Download “On the Frontlines: Local Public Health versus America’s Opioid Epidemic,” from NACCHO Exchange to explore the nation’s opioid crisis from a multidimensional local public health perspective, focusing on topics ranging from community-based partnerships and surveillance to harm reduction and overdose prevention. Some of the articles in this issue include:
State of the Opioid Epidemic: Local Public Health as the First Line of Defense
A Federal Perspective on the Opioid Epidemic: An Interview with Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, Surgeon General of the United States
Establishing Community-Based Partnerships to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
Promoting Overdose Prevention through Policy, Education, and Outreach
Comprehensive Approaches to Preventing Opioid Misuse
Vulnerability to HIV and Hepatitis B and C Virus among Persons Who Inject Drugs: Learning from the 2015 HIV Outbreak in Scott County, Indiana
Addiction does not discriminate and Baltimore officials believe that all citizens should have the capacity to save a life. The program is built on the belief that naloxone should be part of everyone's medicine cabinet and everyone's first aid kit.