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Progress on the national opioid crisis


Last year, the White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis issued 56 recommendations to address the national crisis, including better coordination among federal agencies.

Since then, eight governors have declared an emergency or public health crisis, which implement emergency management command centers that equate it to a natural disaster to track public health and safety. States are now enhancing data collection that is valuable to emergency responders, neonatal reporting, as well as other tools for responders and pharmacists regarding naloxone dispensing.

Of note to treatment providers are proposals for expanded MAT facilities and streamlined licensing requirements.

Tracy Lawless, Government Affairs Advisor, K&L Gates LLP

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