“The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), the nation’s leading addiction policy and research organization, has created a new guide to help states, titled Ending the Opioid Crisis: A Practical Guide for State Policymakers. This guide was developed in response to numerous requests for guidance on best practices to end the opioid problem.
This new resource contains concrete strategies state policymakers can implement to prevent, reduce, treat and manage opioid misuse and addiction. It also contains illustrative examples of initiatives that states have adopted to address the opioid crisis. The overarching philosophy behind the recommendations and model initiatives highlighted throughout the guide is a public health approach. This has long been considered the best way to prevent and reduce drug-related addiction and death. However, many states have not adopted this type of comprehensive framework. This guide shows how states can adopt strategies to get people the help they need while lessening the burden on state services, such as the health care and criminal justice systems.”
The guide can be accessed at: https://www.centeronaddiction.org/addiction-research/reports/ending-opioid-crisis-practical-guide-state-policymakers
Source: CenterOnAddiction.org – October 25, 2017