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.