Monthly Archives: September 2017


CDC launches campaign to help states fight prescription opioid epidemic

By |2019-11-13T22:43:50-10:00September 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching Rx Awarenessa powerful communication campaign featuring real-life accounts of people recovering from opioid use disorder and people who have lost loved ones to prescription opioid overdose.

The campaign aims to increase awareness and knowledge among Americans about the risks of prescription opioids and stop inappropriate use. Rx Awareness is CDC’s latest effort in the fight against the prescription opioid overdose crisis. From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids.

Press Release: ASTHO Opioid Framework Assists Health Officials in Combating the Epidemic

By |2019-11-13T22:43:52-10:00September 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

ARLINGTON, VA (Sept. 20, 2017)—The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) unveiled a new tool designed to help public health leaders respond to the nation’s opioid crisis. Based on state and national plans, the Preventing Opioid Misuse in the States and Territories framework highlights four key strategies for health officials to carry out in partnership with governmental and non-governmental organizations to coordinate a comprehensive approach to preventing opioid misuse in their jurisdictions. 

“Many of us have seen firsthand how opioid misuse profoundly impacts individuals, families, and communities. It is one of the top public health priorities for our nation and we all have a role to play in addressing the health and social problems related to substance misuse,” says ASTHO President Jay Butler. “This new framework gives state and territorial public health leaders a roadmap for strengthening their agencies’ existing opioid plans and leading across government to formulate multi-program, government-wide responses.”