Opioid misuse and overdose, which are rising at unprecedented rates, are a public health crisis in the United States. There is an urgent need for simple and achievable prevention, treatment and recovery policies that can reduce opioid overdose.
Important initial steps to combat the opioid epidemic are being taken by Congress, the Administration, public health agencies and a number of state legislatures. This includes the more than 30 bills aimed at addressing opioid misuse, overdose and addiction that have been introduced in Congress. However, no one of these is enough on its own.
Now is the time for stakeholders to come together to overcome potential political challenges in a cluttered advocacy environment to ensure that Congress passes meaningful legislation this year. The Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose unifies diverse stakeholders around common policy goals and a coordinated strategy that will lead to meaningful and comprehensive opioid overdose prevention policy.