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.


NGA Resources

Emerging Trends in the Evolving Opioid Epidemic

While the opioid overdose epidemic justifiably dominates national and state-level headlines, a significant issue is re-emerging for governors and policymakers across the country: cocaine, methamphetamine (meth) and stimulants are inflicting ...
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Opioid Reference Guide for New Administrations

Developed by the NGA Center through a survey and extensive consultation with senior state officials and other national experts, our new opioid "Reference Guide for New Administrations" highlights key questions, ...
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NGA Opioid Summit for New Administrations

Washington, DC | April 8-9, 2019 AGENDA From April 8-9. NGA hosted the Opioid Summit for New Administrations in Washington, D.C. Public health and public safety officials from 33 states ...
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NGA to Assist 13 States in Strengthening Policies Against Impaired Driving

Columbus, Ohio, Summit Kicks Off Technical Assistance to States To address the grim and growing toll of impaired driving, the National Governors Association is working with 13 states on efforts ...
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Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to Address Opioid Summit for New Gubernatorial Administrations

NGA Session to Highlight Successes and Lessons Learned from Pennsylvania to Inform Other States’ Opioid Response Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf will discuss his state’s nationally recognized efforts in addressing the ...
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Governors Welcome Signing of Bipartisan Opioids Bill

Governors Welcome Signing of Bipartisan Opioids Bill

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) applauds the president’s signing of H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which provides much-needed additional resources to states and communities as they ...
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Governors Applaud Passage of Bipartisan Opioids Bill

Governors Applaud Passage of Bipartisan Opioids Bill

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) applauds the passage of H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which provides much-needed additional resources to states and communities as they continue ...
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Using Emergency Declarations to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Using Emergency Declarations to Address the Opioid Epidemic

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) released a white paper, Using Emergency Declarations to Address the Opioid Epidemic: Lessons Learned from States. States have used emergency ...
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Governors Applaud Bipartisan Cooperation on Opioids, Urge Further Action by Congress

Governors Applaud Bipartisan Cooperation on Opioids, Urge Further Action by Congress

WASHINGTON—Today the National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Governor Steve Bullock and Vice Chair Governor Larry Hogan sent a letter to Senate leadership urging continued bipartisan action to combat the opioid ...
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