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National Association of County and City Health Officials Welcomes White House Plan to Strengthen Drug Abuse Treatment and Prevention


Monday, August 17, 2015

WASHINGTON –National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Executive Director LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH, welcomed a White House plan announced today to strengthen efforts to treat heroin users and abusers of prescription opioids and to increase drug abuse prevention initiatives, as part of a new $13.4 million federal program.

One of the initiatives announced by the White House calls for spending $2.5 million to hire 15 public health policy analysts and 15 drug intelligence law enforcement officers to work together to reduce heroin abuse and deaths, which are currently increasing.

"The abuse of heroin and other opiates is a growing and deadly public health problem, and we welcome the decision by the White House to provide more funds to strengthen treatment and prevention programs," Hasbrouck said. "Our nation's 2,800 local health departments are on the front lines of efforts to reduce drug abuse and save lives in every American community, and we hope they will play an important role in the White House initiatives announced today. With increased funding provided by Congress and the White House, local health departments could more effectively work with law enforcement and do more to develop effective strategies to reduce drug abuse and help more Americans lead longer, healthier and more productive lives."

The new federal program is consistent with NACCHO's policy to support evidence-based strategies that utilize surveillance, cross-cutting partnerships, treatment and recovery, education, legislation, funding and research to prevent drug abuse and overdoses.