A renewed effort to address the opioid epidemic
In this National Public Health Week episode, Health Affairs’ Leslie Erdelack and Vabren Watts discuss the latest federal effort to address the opioid crisis.
This week, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra extended the declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency. These declarations expire every 90 days, and the agency first declared this one in 2017.
Leslie and Vabren join Health Affairs This Week to examine how the drug epidemic has evolved and how the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on mental health and social isolation have impacted it.
- COVID-19 Converges With The Opioid Epidemic: Challenges For Pregnant and Postpartum Women With Opioid Use Disorder (Health Affairs Blog)
- Responding To COVID-19: Supporting People In Recovery From Opioid Use Disorder (Health Affairs Blog)
- Medicaid Expansion Increased Medications For Opioid Use Disorder Among Adults Referred By Criminal Justice Agencies (Health Affairs)
- The Spike In Drug Overdose Deaths During The COVID-19 Pandemic and Policy Options To Move Forward (The Commonwealth Fund)
- The Health 202: Overdose Deaths May Have Topped 90,000 in 2020 (The Washington Post)