Governor-Led Initiatives to Address Opioid Epidemic
Recent national data highlight the alarming growth in prescription opioid abuse, misuse, and overdose. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999 (CDC, 2016). In 2014 there were more than 14,000 deaths involving prescription opioids (an increase in this category of 693 since 2013), equivalent to about 40 deaths per day (CDC, 2016). Approximately 52 million people over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime as of 2011 (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2014).
In an attempt to curb this epidemic, state policymakers are taking action to facilitate policy change, provide educational opportunities for providers to shift clinical and organizational practices, and raise public awareness. Governors in many states have initiated their own programs to address this issue while also supporting initiatives produced by state agencies and legislatures.
This map provides a listing of these initiatives by state with appendices that provide further detail, including citations when you click on an individual state.