“To address the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, the nation’s governors are calling on the federal government to take swift action.
Governors’ Priorities for Addressing the Nation’s Opioid Crisis provide recommendations for federal action to support states as they work to bolster education for health care providers, expand access to treatment for addiction and strengthen the public safety response.
“In Massachusetts, we have invested more than $250 million and enacted several reforms in our multi-pronged approach to combating the opioid epidemic, but states need more tools to bend the trend for this public health crisis,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) Health and Human Services Committee said. “These priorities highlight where we need immediate federal action to save lives and start to curb the epidemic.”
Beyond making recommendations to the federal government, governors underscored the need for additional leadership from the private sector to prevent and treat opioid addiction.”
Read more at: http://www.nga.org/cms/home/news-room/news-releases/2016–news-releases/col2-content/governors-recommendations-opioid.default.html
Source: NGA.org – February 18, 2016
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