Opioid Resources for Essential Hospitals
In recent years, the opioid epidemic has become a major public health concern across the country. In 2017, it was declared a public health emergency, allowing federal health agencies to allocate resources and hire specialists to focus on the issue. In addition, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has been established to study best practices in combating this epidemic.
Essential hospitals play a key role in the prevention and intervention of this widespread problem. America’s Essential Hospitals has compiled relevant federal resources on this evolving health crisis, including content from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Essential hospitals are invited to apply for a new learning collaborative, launching May 2022, to create or enhance office-based addiction treatment (OBAT) programs for opioid use disorder.