The Winter 2017 issue of NACCHO Exchange, “On the Frontlines: Local Public Health versus America’s Opioid Epidemic,” is now available for free download in the NACCHO Bookstore. Opioid addiction and misuse have affected inner city, suburban, and rural communities, challenging America’s perceptions of what substance use disorders look like, where they occur, and who they affect. This issue explores the nation’s opioid crisis from a multidimensional local public health perspective, focusing on topics ranging from community-based partnerships and surveillance to harm reduction and overdose prevention. Some of the articles in this issue include:
- State of the Opioid Epidemic: Local Public Health as the First Line of Defense
- A Federal Perspective on the Opioid Epidemic: An Interview with Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, Surgeon General of the United States
- Establishing Community-Based Partnerships to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
- Promoting Overdose Prevention through Policy, Education, and Outreach
- Comprehensive Approaches to Preventing Opioid Misuse
- Vulnerability to HIV and Hepatitis B and C Virus among Persons Who Inject Drugs: Learning from the 2015 HIV Outbreak in Scott County, Indiana
Download the new NACCHO Exchange today to learn more about the effects of opioid misuse on communities around the country, and the multi-faceted approaches local health departments are using to chart a path to recovery. Their experiences and lessons learned serve as a valuable blueprint for advancing local public health’s work to combat the opioid epidemic and we hope they inspire LHDs everywhere to keep fighting.