President’s Commission Report on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

Published Date: 
Monday, August 7, 2017
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The President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has released an interim report.  The report provides recommendations for tackling the opioid crisis including the following:

  • Declare a national emergency under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act
  • Rapidly increase treatment capacity
  • Mandate prescriber education initiatives with the assistance of dental and medical schools across the country
  • Immediately establish and fund a federal incentive to improve access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Offer model legislation for states to allow naloxone dispensing via standing orders, and require the prescribing of naloxone with high-risk opioid prescriptions. Equip all law enforcement in the United States with naloxone to save lives;
  • Provide federal funding and technical support to states to increase interstate data sharing among state-based prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs).

The final report will include a full review of federal funding and programs, along with obstacles and opportunities for treatment.

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