New report explores how localities can combat Opioid Epidemic

December 2, 2016

A new joint report from National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National League of Cities (NLC) examines how cities and counties can strengthen collaboration with each other and state, federal, private-sector and non-profit partners to tackle the opioid crisis. The report, A Prescription for Action: Local Leadership in Ending the Opioid Crisis, produced recommendations aimed at city and county officials.

They include action steps on how to:

  1. Leading in a crisis
  2. Focusing on education and prevention
  3. Expanding treatment
  4. Reassessing public safety and law enforcement approaches

Several of the recommendations are accompanied by existing local practices from cities and counties. The report also includes recommendations for state and federal officials, who are pivotal partners in local efforts to combat opioid misuse, diversion, overdose and death.

To view the website accompanying the report, visit

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