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J Health Polit Policy Law ; 46(4): 585-597, 2021 08 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1045579


The COVID-19 pandemic is just one of two public health crises the new Biden administration will confront. The addiction crisis is the other. The opioid epidemic has already killed more Americans than World Wars I and II combined. And it is but the most visible sign of a broader population health challenge that includes methamphetamine, cocaine, benzodiazepines, and alcohol. This article presents practical legislative and executive actions that are required for addressing these challenges. The authors focus on two broad policy challenges: (1) improving financing and delivery of treatment for substance use disorders, and (2) reducing population exposure to addictive and lethal substances. Through both of these channels, a portfolio of well-implemented, evidence-informed policies can save many thousands of lives every year.

Behavior, Addictive/prevention & control , Delivery of Health Care/economics , Delivery of Health Care/standards , Opioid Epidemic/prevention & control , Policy , Public Health , Substance-Related Disorders/prevention & control , Federal Government , Government Agencies , Humans , Private Sector , Public Sector , United States
Am J Manag Care ; 26(7): e202-e204, 2020 07 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-652038


Factors worsening the opioid epidemic during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic provide valuable insight for strategy change where we have historically suffered great loss, bodily and financially.

Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Health Services Accessibility/statistics & numerical data , Opioid Epidemic/statistics & numerical data , Opioid-Related Disorders/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Analgesics, Opioid/adverse effects , COVID-19 , Comorbidity , Drug Overdose/epidemiology , Health Status Disparities , Humans , Opioid Epidemic/prevention & control , Pandemics , United States/epidemiology