Month: November 2017

State Distributes 40K Doses of Naloxone

North Carolina is making nearly 40,000 more units of life-saving medication available to help fight the opioid epidemic, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The state has purchased naloxone, which can reverse opioid overdose, to help reduce the number of unintentional opioid-related deaths in North Carolina. To date there have over 8000 reversals in NC. In addition, individuals with opioid use disorders will now have better treatment options thanks to a decision to remove the North Carolina Medicaid program’s prior approval requirement for Suboxone film, allowing physicians to start this treatment immediately when indicated. Read...

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President Reaffirms HHS and SAMHSA Efforts

The President recently appointed Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz as the first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, underscoring the urgency of the issue. “SAMHSA looks forward to continuing its role in helping American communities fight the opioid crisis through evidence-based programs in prevention, treatment, and recovery services,” said Dr. McCance-Katz. HHS is implementing five specific strategies that are guiding SAMHSA’s response.  The comprehensive, evidenced-based Opioid Strategy aims to: Improve Access to Treatment and Recovery Services Target the Availability and Distribution of These Drugs, and Ensure the Broad Provision of Overdose-Reversing Drugs Strengthen Public Health Data Reporting and...

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