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Opioid Epidemic Declared a National Emergency

Posted by on August 11th, 2017 Posted in: Announcements, Consumer Health, Emergency Preparedness and Response, MedlinePlus, NLM Resources, Public Health, PubMed, Search Tools


In a report issued July 31, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recommended that a national emergency be declared under the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act. On August 10, President Trump instructed his administration to use appropriate authority to respond to the opioid emergency, resulting in a statement released by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has gathered material on this public health crisis. The information is relevant for anyone who is addressing addiction, from healthcare providers to patients and their family members. The NLM Opiate Addiction and Treatment Information Guide includes the following resources:

Additional resources include:

The news has been filled with stories of local public libraries responding to the epidemic, and their partnerships with public health and law enforcement agencies. One example is Saving lives in the stacks: how libraries are handling the opioid crisis. (Ford, A. American Libraries. [Internet]. 21 June 2017.

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Alan Carr is the Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, based at UCLA.

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