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    The opioid crisis is one of the worst public health emergencies our country has faced in decades. In 2020, over 90,000 people died of a drug overdose in the United States. Opioids were involved in three quarters of those deaths. Counties are on the front lines of this crisis, providing public services that make it possible to survive and recover from substance use disorder. To support counties in this work, NACo is curating, collecting and promoting effective county solutions that address opioid and substance use disorder.

    Through the Opioid Solutions Initiative, NACo empowers local leaders to invest resources in effective treatment, recovery, prevention and other public health practices that save lives and address the underlying causes of substance use disorder.

    When it comes to the opioid crisis, counties matter. Our 911 call centers are the first to receive calls for help when an overdose happens. Our first responders are the first to arrive on the scene to stabilize the crisis. In many cases, our hospitals and detox centers provide continuing care for people who have overdosed. That’s why a stronger county response is a more effective national response.

    The Opioid Epidemic: Counties on the Front Line

    Watch | Opioid Epidemic: Counties on the Front Line

    Prescription opioid-based painkillers fueled the opioid crisis for years, but it has persisted because of a broader substance use crisis. Treatment works, but far too few people can access it. To end the epidemic of overdose deaths and improve substance use prevention, treatment and recovery in our counties, new investments are needed.

    With the new funding from the multi-district litigation between states and opioid manufacturers and distributors, counties can invest in new solutions or expand solutions already in place. The Opioid Solutions Center is home to featured resources, such as:

    • Planning Principles Toolkit: a toolkit with guidance on planning, allocating and managing opioid litigation funds.  
    • Approved Strategies: a series of short-form briefs presenting key information about effective substance use prevention, treatment and recovery approaches that are approved uses of the settlement funds.
    • Technical Assistance: Direct links to technical assistance and other funding and training opportunities to support local implementation of approved strategies.
    • County Examples: a series of case studies and examples describing how states and counties have leveraged their opioid settlement funds to stand up programs and practices that work.
    Through the Opioid Solutions Initiative, NACo empowers local leaders to invest resources in effective treatment, recovery, prevention and other public health practices that save lives and address the underlying causes of substance use disorder.
    2022-06-06
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    2022-07-19

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The opioid crisis is one of the worst public health emergencies our country has faced in decades. In 2020, over 90,000 people died of a drug overdose in the United States. Opioids were involved in three quarters of those deaths. Counties are on the front lines of this crisis, providing public services that make it possible to survive and recover from substance use disorder. To support counties in this work, NACo is curating, collecting and promoting effective county solutions that address opioid and substance use disorder.

Through the Opioid Solutions Initiative, NACo empowers local leaders to invest resources in effective treatment, recovery, prevention and other public health practices that save lives and address the underlying causes of substance use disorder.

When it comes to the opioid crisis, counties matter. Our 911 call centers are the first to receive calls for help when an overdose happens. Our first responders are the first to arrive on the scene to stabilize the crisis. In many cases, our hospitals and detox centers provide continuing care for people who have overdosed. That’s why a stronger county response is a more effective national response.

The Opioid Epidemic: Counties on the Front Line

Watch | Opioid Epidemic: Counties on the Front Line

Prescription opioid-based painkillers fueled the opioid crisis for years, but it has persisted because of a broader substance use crisis. Treatment works, but far too few people can access it. To end the epidemic of overdose deaths and improve substance use prevention, treatment and recovery in our counties, new investments are needed.

With the new funding from the multi-district litigation between states and opioid manufacturers and distributors, counties can invest in new solutions or expand solutions already in place. The Opioid Solutions Center is home to featured resources, such as:

  • Planning Principles Toolkit: a toolkit with guidance on planning, allocating and managing opioid litigation funds.  
  • Approved Strategies: a series of short-form briefs presenting key information about effective substance use prevention, treatment and recovery approaches that are approved uses of the settlement funds.
  • Technical Assistance: Direct links to technical assistance and other funding and training opportunities to support local implementation of approved strategies.
  • County Examples: a series of case studies and examples describing how states and counties have leveraged their opioid settlement funds to stand up programs and practices that work.
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About Samantha Karon (Full Bio)

Senior Program Manager, Substance Use Disorder

Samantha is NACo’s senior program manager for substance use disorder. She is responsible for managing projects to convene and catalyze county leaders as they leverage multiple funding streams to address substance use disorders in their communities.

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