Category: Opioid Crisis

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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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

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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,

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Putting A Face on The Opioid Epidemic

This is a guest post from Richard Leadbeater, State Government Industry Manager at Esri. At City Summit 2017 in Charlotte, N.C., the National League of Cities presented Esri, a leader in geographic information systems (GIS), with a Service to Cities Award for their work on “mapping the opioid epidemic.” Early in my career, I learned

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Opioid Addiction Is a Mental Health Crisis, Not a Crime Wave

This is a guest post by Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City. It was originally published on NBC News Think. Last year, roughly 64,000 people died from a drug overdose in the United States — the largest annual increase in drug-related deaths ever recorded in our history. Overdoses are now the leading cause of death for

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