As Congress considers legislation to support the nation’s response to the opioid epidemic, it’s important to note that this is a local crisis – experienced in families and in communities across the country.
County governments are essential to any solution. We are the first responders; we care for victims in county hospitals and county justice systems; and county agencies place individuals on pathways to treatment and recovery.
As the White House and Congress confront this crisis, we must ensure that vital resources reach the local level. You can learn more at our online Opioid Epidemic Resource Center: www.NACo.org/opioid.
– Matthew Chase, Executive Director, National Association of Counties (NACo)