A declaration of a Nationwide Public Health Emergency to address the opioid crisis has been made by the President. The action allows for expanded access to telemedicine services, including services involving remote prescribing of medicine commonly used for substance abuse or mental health treatment.
In 2016, more than two million Americans had an addiction to prescription or illicit opioids. This directive will help states and local communities better fight this battle, and strengthen the tools available at the federal level, ensuring people have access to the help they desperately need, and deserve.
As we build on our efforts to expand Chasing the Dragon programming for community education and outreach, I wanted to let you know about an effort being promoted by the DEA specifically for K-12 education and schools. We have reached out to the DEA to collaborate on this important effort.