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Emergency Declarations to Address the Opioid Crisis – Assessing Impact and Identifying Gaps

posted on Mon, Aug 28 2017 2:56 pm by The Network for Public Health Law

Tuesday, September 19 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. (ET). View/download the slides.

The relentless toll of the opioid epidemic has prompted six states — Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia — to declare formal states of emergency. In August the White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recommended that President Trump declare a national public emergency, which he promised to do. Among other powers, declaring a state of emergency allows states and localities to extend access to naloxone, an overdose reversal drug, and makes additional resources available to address the epidemic immediately. A national declaration changes the legal and policy landscape to allocate federal funds for treatment and speed up interventions like limiting overprescribing. This webinar examines emergency declarations and their potential impact as well as possible drawbacks.


  • Will Humble, Executive Director, Arizona Public Health Association
  • James Hodge, Jr., Director, Network for Public Health Law -- Western Region Office
  • Corey Davis, Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law -- Southeastern Region Office


  • Sarah Wetter, Attorney, Network for Public Health Law -- Western Region Office


You may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request.