Addiction Policy Forum Releases Report on Policy Responses to Addiction
Provides a Checklist of What To Do and What To Avoid in Responding to Substance Use Disorders
Washington, D.C. - The Addiction Policy Forum, a national addiction nonprofit, is releasing today its new report, ‘Responding to Addiction and Overdose: Public Policy Do’s and Don’ts’ .
The United States is in the midst of a public health crisis of substance misuse, addiction, and overdose. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, 63,600 people died from a drug overdose in 2016. That is 174 people a day, the equivalent of a plane crash every single day. Over twenty million Americans are living with a substance use disorder.
“We frequently hear from policymakers who are looking for practical, life-saving solutions,” says Mark O’Brien, Addiction Policy Forum’s Vice President of State and Local Affairs. “They care about the issue personally, and their constituents are demanding steadfast action.”
‘Responding to Addiction and Overdose: Public Policy Do’s and Don’ts’ provides a menu of options for policymakers to implement a comprehensive response to addiction. It identifies policies that work (‘Do’s’) and policies that can be harmful (‘Don’ts’), including public policies in the following areas:
- Early Intervention
- Public Education and Awareness
- Treatment Services
- Recovery Support Services
- Protecting Children Impacted by Addiction
- Public Health and Overdose Reversal
- Criminal Justice
About Addiction Policy Forum
The Addiction Policy Forum is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2015 as a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers, and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction, and to improve programs and policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery, and criminal justice reform. Jessica Hulsey Nickel, whose own family was devastated by addiction, is the founder of a coalition of 1,700 families impacted by substance use disorders and is available for further explanation and interviews by media.
More information on our mission and projects is available at http://addictionpolicy.org.