Opioid Crisis: Examining National, State, and Local Responses and Impact

Opioid Crisis: Examining National, State, and Local Responses and Impact

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The U.S. Surgeon General has said that better partnerships lead to better national health. As a result, a number of agencies, organizations, and companies are re-examining how they approach combatting the opioid crisis in their local communities. Collaborative approaches that both stress the importance of prevention and engage all aspects of a community to address addiction as a disease instead of a moral failing are beginning to become more prevalent. This panel will discuss the opioid epidemic as a national public health emergency, while also highlighting how local-level collaborative action – with New Jersey as a case study– is the key to helping our communities emerge from this crisis.

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Dan Diamond Author, POLITICO Pulse

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Shereef Elnahal Commissioner, New Jersey Department of HealthThomas Graf Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New JerseyElinore McCance-Katz Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesNora Volkow Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health

 

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Published November 14, 2019