As heroin overdose-related deaths in the area climb, the mayor of Seattle and the executive of King County, Wash., on Friday announced plans to establish the United States’ first two supervised injection facilities.
With overdose cases on the rise, the Virginia state health commissioner has declared the opioid addiction crisis to be a public health emergency and issued a standing order that allows all Virginians to obtain naloxone over the counter.
A report issued by the City-County National Task Force on the Opioid Epidemic provides local government and law enforcement officials with strategies for taking action to address the opioid crisis at the community level.
As police officers continue to respond to people experiencing mental health crises, it is imperative that service providers work with law enforcement officials in a population health approach to crime.
San Francisco, Seattle and Ithaca, N.Y., are among the first U.S. cities considering opening supervised injection facilities, an unconventional measure that has been implemented in nine countries to reduce overdose.