Category: Opioid Crisis

Cities Lobby Congress on Substance Use, Mental Health and Homelessness

Every day cities, towns, and villages across the country face challenges posed by mental illness, substance use disorder and homelessness. An effective response by municipal leaders requires a comprehensive, multi-sector approach. On Wednesday, October 30, the National League of Cities held a briefing on Capitol Hill so that local leaders could tell Congress what they need,

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How Small Cities Can Address Addiction

Too often people suffering with addiction end up entangled in the criminal justice system, as substance misuse and addiction continue to increase across the nation as cities grapple with how to tackle the epidemic. Small cities can face the daunting challenge of addressing similar rates of addiction with less resources than larger cities. In November at

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Mayors Urge Greater Support, Clearer Path for Cities to Combat the Opioid Crisis

On October 10, the National League of Cities (NLC) hosted Gary, Indiana Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, NLC’s first vice president, Huntington, West Virginia Mayor Steve Williams and Knoxville, Tennessee Mayor Madeline Rogero in Washington to highlight the partnership needed from our federal government to successfully combat the opioid crisis in cities across America. Starting with a

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Urban-Rural by the Numbers

This is the fourth post in a series about reducing the divide between urban and rural communities. To bridge the gap between urban and rural areas, we first need to understand what sets these communities apart and where they have common ground. Below are a few key stats about urban and rural populations, economies and housing, and

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Senate Passes Third Opioid Crisis Funding Package

With seven legislative days remaining in the Fiscal Year 2018 calendar, the U.S. Senate last night passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act in a nearly unanimous 99-1 vote. This action by the Senate comes almost exactly two months after the U.S. House of Representatives considered 70 opioid-related bills in an unprecedented effort. Both votes signal

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Fort Wayne Tackles the Opioid Crisis

This is a guest post by Tom Henry, mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana. As the second largest city in Indiana, Fort Wayne, is experiencing tremendous momentum, excitement and investments like never before. Fort Wayne has become a destination city, and people across the country are realizing that this is a great place to live, work and

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America’s Cities are Inspiring What’s Next

Elected officials hold unique vantage points within our communities, as they represent not just city leaders, but citizens, as well as participants in the global economy. These perspectives can often vary — especially between constituents, fellow elected officials, and private sector partners. Such subtle differences in point of view can result in inefficiencies and missed

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How Cities Can Fight the Opioid Epidemic With Life-Saving Medications

With the opioid crisis reaching epidemic levels, access to life-saving medications and treatments is helping cities and towns confront overdoses and underlying addictions. In particular, the overdose-reversal medication naloxone, often available in a nasal spray under the trade name Narcan, has been broadly distributed to local first responders. Likewise, the powerful addiction treatment buprenorphine, known

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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic Together

The opioid epidemic in the United States is inescapable. It doesn’t discriminate based on age, race, gender or income — it exists everywhere, and it impacts everyone. From all-too-regular 9-1-1 calls to climbing death tolls and families torn apart by tragedy, the addiction epidemic is front and center in American life, and it’s gripping cities,

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12 Ways Cities are Stepping Up in the Fight Against Opioids

President Trump outlined his plan to combat the opioid epidemic at an event in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Monday. In Manchester, overdoses through early March were up 23 percent from this time last year. (Getty Images) On Monday, President Trump traveled to Manchester, New Hampshire, to unveil a plan to combat the opioid epidemic. The

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