Public Health Emergency Declared for Opioid Epidemic

On Friday, the White House declared a public health emergency for the opioid epidemic. A public health emergency lasts 90 days and no additional federal funds will be released.

Local health departments play a critical role in supporting the prevention of prescription and illicit drug overdoses and ensuring appropriate prescribing. City, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal health departments also work to help ensure prevention and treatment options and resources are available to those affected by the opioid epidemic. Many health departments are utilizing preparedness staff, resources, and infrastructure to support their health departments prepare for and respond to the epidemic. Read more about what local health departments are doing to help support their communities respond to the impact of opioid abuse in their communities in NACCHO’s winter edition of NACCHO Exchange.

Read NACCHO’s press release on the public health emergency declaration and policy statement on prescription drug abuse and overdose response.

About Katie Dwyer

Katie Schemm Dwyer is a Director in NACCHO's Preparedness Division. Her work focuses on supporting local health departments strengthen public health preparedness systems through governance, coordination and liaison with federal preparedness organizations, policy, and program management.

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