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Opioid Epidemic as a National Emergency

Disaster Health Information

In a report issued July 31, 2017, the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/presidents-commission) recommended that a national emergency be declared under the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act. On August 10, 2017, President Trump instructed his administration to use appropriate authority to respond to the opioid emergency.  US Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price’s statement can be found at https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2017/08/10/hhs-secretary-statement-on-president-trumps-opioid-announcement-today.html.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has been gathering material on this public health crisis. The information is relevant for anyone who is addressing addiction, from healthcare providers to patients and their family members.

The news has been filled with stories of local public libraries responding to the epidemic, and their partnerships with public health and law enforcement agencies. For example, see Saving lives in the stacks: how libraries are handling the opioid crisis. (Ford, A. American Libraries. [Internet]. 21 June 2017. Available from: https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2017/06/21/saving-lives-in-the-stacks/)

Find more information on local response efforts by contacting your Regional Medical Library (https://nnlm.gov/).

 

Source: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USNLMDIMRC/bulletins/1b05934?reqfrom=share