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Opioid Epidemic

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Background information, studies and statistics on this growing public health crisis.



Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Opposing Viewpoints in Context contains magazine articles, academic journal articles, statistics, reference overviews and audio clips with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. For this topic enter "opioid epidemic" in the search box.  Virtual Tour 

MedlinePlus.gov - Understanding the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Topical article "Solving America’s painkiller paradox"

by German Logan, VOX  "How to fix America's painkiller problem without leaving pain patients behind". Updated Sep 25, 2018, 11:50am EDT


Bulletin (5/10/2017): Resources on Opioid Abuse from NLM for Diverse Populations 
Resources for health professionals and the public in multiple languages

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Opioid Overdose: Understanding the Epidemic

DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration)
Resources that can help identify these drugs, take steps to prevent exposure, and inform you as to what to do in case of emergency.

DisasterLit® database
Resource Guide for medicine and Public Health- Find government reports, fact sheets and training materials related to the opiod crisis.

HHS (Department of Health and Human Services)
Opioid Overdose Resources

NarcAnon -blog
Prescription Opioid Abuse In The Elderly An Urgent Concern

NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Opioid Crisis Overview and resources

NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Heroin: Statistics and Trends

NPR  (National Public Radio)
Stories about opioids. Links to print and audio for stories coverd on this subject by NPR. Subjects cover wide-ranging issues from Medicaid impact to the effects of opioids on newborns.

President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis
On March 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The commission will study ways to combat and treat the scourge of drug abuse, addiction, and the opioid crisis, which was responsible for more than 50,000 deaths in 2015 and has caused families and communities across America to endure significant pain and suffering. 

SAMHSA - (Subastance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Get the facts on the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and codeine, and the illegal opioid, heroin.

Tackling the Opioid Epidemic at the Federal and State Levels - Bipartisan Policy Center Conference Webcast
Members of BPC’s Governors’ Council talked with the HHS Assistant Secretary for Health about the Administration’s response to the opioid overdose epidemic and provided an update on the latest from the states as they battle this public health crisis.


Community and Local Links

Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task force Created by Executive order #014 

  1. Opioid Epidemic Task Force to be headed by the Commissioners of Health and Mental Health.
  2. That the Opioid Epidemic Task Force will include community experts from social service agencies, law enforcement, physicians, mental health and addictions providers, the health insurance industry,  and members of victims’ families.
  3. That the Opioid Epidemic Task Force will examine all areas of the opioid crisis including but not limited to opioid prescribing practices,  access to inpatient, outpatient, and community-based medication-assisted treatment programs, police-assisted recovery, and the distribution of lifesaving medication like Naloxone.

Opioid-related Data in New York State
In response to the growing opioid public health crisis and recommendations to improve the timeliness of reporting opioid-related data, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Opioid Prevention Program provides opioid-related data to support statewide prevention efforts. 

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