Substance Use Disorder and Addiction

Governors are at the forefront of the fight against substance use disorder—a major public health and safety crisis affecting communities across the country. As chief executives of their states, governors are positioned to bring together state agencies and other stakeholders to develop and implement comprehensive action plans that combine public health and safety solutions. Though states are making progress in these efforts, turning the tide on will require a coordinated response across all levels of government. Governors are working closely with their federal partners to support a robust national response that complements ongoing state efforts and reflects the magnitude of the crisis.

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State Strategies to Support Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services through the COVID-19 Pandemic

(View/Download) New Challenges Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many governors were looking for ways to strengthen substance use disorder (SUD) provider capacity as part of their comprehensive response to the ...
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The Governor’s Guide to Public Health Preparedness

(View/Download) Executive Summary Beginning on their first day in office, governors must prepare for emergencies of all types and, along with providing for the public’s safety, governors must also think ...
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NGA Health to Assist 5 States on Addressing Infectious Diseases Related to Substance Use

The National Governors Association Health Division (NGA Health) will be working with five states -- Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Nevada and Tennessee -- on a learning lab highlighting best practices around ...
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State Leaders Convene for Strategies on Drug Treatment and Recovery for Justice-Involved Populations

National Governors Association Workshops in Ohio and Louisiana Spotlight Medication Assisted Treatment in Criminal Justice System The National Governors Association (NGA) brought together nine states in Cleveland, Ohio, and New ...
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Regional Workshops on Expanding Access to Medication Assisted Treatment for Justice-Involved Populations

June 10-11 and 13-14, 2019 | Cleveland, Ohio and New Orleans, Louisiana NGA Solutions: The Center for Best Practices hosted two regional workshops on expanding access to medication assisted treatment ...
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States Pursue Strategies to Address Infectious Disease Related to the Opioid Epidemic

Priorities Include Expanding Access to Syringe Services Programs and Using Data to Target High-Risk Communities With viral infections attributable to injection drug use on the rise, the National Governors Association ...
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Addressing the Infectious Disease Consequences of the Opioid Epidemic

Governors are at the forefront of efforts to curb the opioid epidemic and related challenges, including increased transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and other blood-borne ...
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Institute for State Criminal Justice and Public Safety Executives

Seattle | May 21-22, 2019 NGA hosted 34 states in Seattle to discuss issues around criminal justice and public safety at the 2019 Institute for State Public Safety Executives. Held ...
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Letter Regarding Appropriations for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

May 20, 2019 The Honorable Roy Blunt Chair Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Patty Murray Ranking Member Appropriations ...
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