U.S. Attorney General Promotes Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week

Sep 20, 2016

U.S. attorney General Loretta Lynch is traveling to Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 20, as part of Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.

According to a news release, Lynch plans on holding a student town hall at a high school, meeting with parents who have lost children to heroin overdose, and speaking at the University of Kentucky on how the administration is addressing addiction through prevention, enforcement and treatment.

Other concurrent initiatives include working with the Chinese government to combat the supply of fentanyl and similar drugs coming into the U.S., and supporting telemedicine programs that expand access to substance use disorder treatment in rural communities.

In a press release, the White House said the President continues to call for $1.1 billion in new funding from Congress to expand access to opioid disorder treatment.

Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration announced a public contest focused on developing innovative technologies to help combat the rising epidemic of opioid overdose. According to the press release, “the goal of this competition is to develop a low-cost, scalable, crowd-sourced mobile phone application that helps increase the likelihood that opioid users, their immediate networks and first responders are able to identify and quickly react to an overdose.”

Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week runs from September 18-24, 2016.

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