Executive Decision Making and
Liability for Public Health Officials
January 25, 1 - 2:30 p.m. EST
The number of Americans affected by the opioid epidemic has reached staggering rates. In 2016, more Americans died from drug overdoses than died through the entirety of the Vietnam War. Fortunately, there is an effective, evidence-based way of treating opioid use disorder (OUD) – treatment with the medications methadone and buprenorphine, which is termed medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Some local and municipal governments have enacted mandatory local drug take-back programs, also called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) or stewardship programs that are funded and managed by pharmaceutical companies or producers. This issue brief provides and overview of mandatory drug take-back programs in the U.S.
At the Network, we are hopeful as we look forward to the year ahead. We see organizations across the country of every size and stripe working tirelessly, despite threats and challenges from numerous fronts, to ensure that ALL Americans are given a fair chance to live healthy and productive lives. At its core, health justice is about addressing the systemic inequities that create conditions for poor health outcomes. While it has always been central to what we do, in 2018 the Network will prioritize efforts and initiatives that identify and address discriminatory laws, policies and other systemic mechanisms that lead to disadvantage and disparities in the health of communities.