ADDICTION POLICY FORUM STATEMENT ON WHITE HOUSE DECISION TO DECLARE OPIOID EPIDEMIC A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

October 26, 2017 | Addiction Policy Forum

 Addiction Policy Forum Jessica Hulsey Nickel speaking on opioid epidemic

Washington (October 26, 2017) –Jessica Hulsey Nickel, president and chief executive officer of the Addiction Policy Forum, issued the following statement on today’s declaration of a public health emergency to help address the opioid epidemic.

“Today’s announcement is an important step toward preventing and treating substance use disorders, which currently impact more than 21 million Americans and kill nearly 400 people every day. Prioritizing this national crisis will bring much needed resources to communities, improve access to services and facilitate better coordination among government agencies. In particular, I am heartened by the decision to bring all federal government agencies to the table to play a unique role. 
 
“This week, the Addiction Policy Forum released a four-year plan with eight strategic priorities that will ensure long-term progress to treat and prevent substance use disorders, including opioid addiction. The plan, which was developed by experts in the field of addiction in close collaboration with families who have lost loved ones, spans education, prevention, medical innovation and criminal justice reform.

“Put simply, there is not a singular solution to the opioid crisis, which is why we must continue to implement a comprehensive response to this issue. It requires those in healthcare, government and the private sector to work together in new ways. Our communities need it now more than ever.

“We at the Addiction Policy Forum stand ready to advance this important work by providing a path forward and serving as a trusted partner for federal and state agencies responsible for implementing today’s announcement.”

 

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