Category: Opioid Crisis

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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,

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

Three Major Impacts of Jeff Sessions’ Legal Marijuana Memo

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo that rescinds the previous administration’s guidance related to the prosecution of federal marijuana laws. The Obama Administration was reacting to state and local decisions to relax their respective marijuana laws. While none of the provisions were enshrined in law, the guidance found in multiple memos previously

Continue reading

The Case for Opioid Prevention and Education Efforts to Save America’s Youth

This is a guest post by Sean Ferns, chief of Community Outreach at the Drug Enforcement Administration. No community has been immune from America’s opioid epidemic. Many people know someone that has battled addiction to prescription opioids or heroin. With 11 million Americans ages 12 and older reporting misuse of prescription opioids in the past year,

Continue reading