Healthy Behaviors and Choices (e.g. Fitness, Tobacco, Opioids, Nutrition)
Sharing Session - 90 Minutes
As drug addiction takes its toll, our nation’s rapidly evolving drug overdose crisis show no signs of slowing down. Efforts focused on reducing the number of opioids that providers prescribe has inadvertently driven patients dependent on opioids to illicit heroin and fentanyl – causing a sharp increase in opioid-related deaths. The rapid rate of drug overdose deaths involving multiple drug (polydrug) abuse require a multifaced, all hands-on deck approach to protect communities. Recent data suggests a need to widen prevention and response efforts on fentanyl and other synthetic opioids to include other substances, such as cocaine and methamphetamine. This town hall will explore the important role local health departments play as community health strategists in facilitating partnerships with the public and private sectors to bolster the technical expertise, funding, and innovation required to address increased illicit drug use and the opioid epidemic in the United States.