NGA Releases Publications on Addressing the Infectious Disease Consequences of the Opioid Epidemic

In March 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated with the National Governors Association (NGA) to conduct a Learning Lab about the intersection of the opioid epidemic and infectious diseases. This collaboration led to the development of two white papers that highlight key considerations for governors, including: strong cross-agency partnerships, the need to support local communities with funding, data and technical assistance, and requiring the engagement of a broad group of stakeholders on addressing the infectious disease consequences of the opioid crisis. These papers, which you can read more about below, were officially released and are now available on the NGA website.

The publications provide insights from this work that can inform other governors’ efforts to prevent infectious disease outbreaks among people who inject opioids and other illicit drugs and have been informed by work with cross-disciplinary teams from seven states – Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Michigan, Utah, Virginia and Washington.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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