Substance Use Disorder And Addiction

Governors have long been at the forefront of efforts to prevent and treat opioid use disorder and substance use disorder, working with stakeholders to mount a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic.

Since 2012, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices has supported states in their efforts to help prevent and treat substance use disorder. Over the years, NGA Health and NGA Public Safety and Legal Counsel have jointly worked with states to identify and implement evidenced based best practices related to substance use disorder. NGA focus areas include but are not limited to:

  • Sharing evidenced based prevention, treatment, and recovery strategies and programs;
  • Using data and evaluation in policy development;
  • Improving outcomes for targeted populations (justice-involved individuals, pregnant and parenting women, LGBTQIA+, people of color, and other historically underrepresented populations);
  • Expanding access to medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD);
  • Identifying trends in polysubstance use and identifying comprehensive responses to addiction;
  • Addressing infectious diseases as a result of SUD/OUD;
  • Strategies to improve the treatment of individuals with co-occurring disorders; and
  • Increasing access to non-opioid management of chronic pain.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Shelby Hockenberry, Program Director

Dr. Elise T. Simonsen, Senior Policy Analyst

Nicole Banister, Policy Analyst

Lacy Adams, Policy Analyst

Tony Cutillo, Policy Analyst

David Engleman, Policy Analyst


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Using Data and Evaluation in Policy Development, Implementation and Monitoring: Building Successful Policies to Reduce Prescription Opioid Misuse

Policy makers looking to reduce the abuse of prescription opioids face difficult decisions in selecting which of the many interventions will best fit their jurisdictions. Using Data and Evaluation in ...
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Finding Solutions to the Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis: A Road Map for States

Inappropriate opioid prescribing is fueling one of the deadliest drug epidemics in United States history. Every day in the U.S., 78 people die from an opioid-related overdose. In addition to ...
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Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse: Lessons Learned from an NGA Policy Academy

As part of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) ongoing effort to help states reduce prescription drug abuse, findings from the Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Policy Academy were the focus of ...
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Six Strategies for Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse

The abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States, and is the most common type of drug abuse after marijuana use among teens between ...
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Substance Use Disorder And Addiction Library

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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Opioid Crisis Legislation

Opioid Crisis Legislation

Letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer regarding passage of legislation geared toward combatting the opioid epidemic. DOWNLOAD THE LETTER Full text August 16, ...
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NGA 2018 Summer Meeting

NGA 2018 Summer Meeting

Session videos from the National Governors Association Summer Meeting 2018 which took place July 20 & 21 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. View Full Playlist ...
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2018 Summer Meeting Plenary V — An Evolving Crisis: Combatting the Next Wave of Addiction

2018 Summer Meeting Plenary V — An Evolving Crisis: Combatting the Next Wave of Addiction

The opioid crisis continues to evolve beyond prescription drugs. This session offers insight into how officials at all levels of governments can combat the flow of opioids and other illicit ...
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