September 11, 2018 National Governors Association

Using Emergency Declarations to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Sep 11, 2018

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 powers to provide governors with new avenues to enhance capabilities, coordination and collaboration across state and local agencies to inform opioid response efforts. The following eight states have activated their emergency powers in response to the opioid epidemic: Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

The white paper is a result of a roundtable discussion that was held last fall with states that had declared emergencies in the context of the opioid epidemic. The white paper describes lessons learned that emerged from the roundtable and considerations for states interested in pursuing this policy option.

Download the white paper here.

 

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The National Governors Association (NGA) is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.
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