The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released the Administration’s National Drug Control Strategy 2020 (664KB), which “aims to reduce substance use through public health and public safety measures.” The 2020 National Drug Control Strategy focuses on reducing the number of Americans dying from drug overdoses.
Post date: March 02, 2020
The Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (BSC/NCIPC) has established an Opioid Workgroup (OWG) to provide expert input and observations on a possible update or expansion of the... Read more about "CDC Seeks Members for new Opioid Workgroup"
Post date: January 17, 2020
In September of this year CDC will be hosting a symposium in Washington, DC focused on empirical evaluation of opioid-use related survey questions. In preparation for this meeting, they are seeking input from both federal and non-federal partners to better understand what measures are being used and how those measures have been evaluated for opioid-use related survey questions.  The intent is to hold a meeting to discuss findings and to put together a final compendium from the symposium to... Read more about "Opioid Survey Question Evaluation Symposium to be held in September 2020"
Post date: January 17, 2020
One of the issues that further contributes to making the opioid epidemic problematic is the lack of treatment options for individuals who live in rural areas. In 2016, AHRQ invested in a grant initiative, Increasing Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Abuse in Rural Primary Care Practices, in order to help rural primary care practices deliver medication-assisted... Read more about "Dissemination of Primary Care MAT Grantees Lessons Learned"
Post date: January 15, 2020
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the Nation’s largest organization representing medical professionals who specialize in addiction prevention and treatment, recently updated its definition of addiction:   “Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue... Read more about "New ASAM Definition of Addiction "
Post date: January 15, 2020
A Technical Assistance call will be held on January 21, 2020 from 1 to 2pm EST.  To register to participate in the conference call, please send an e-mail request to by January 16, 2020.
Post date: December 18, 2019
Since 2010, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has hosted National Rural Health Day to highlight the efforts of and collaborations in rural communities to address unique challenges in accessing and delivering healthcare services. During the week of November 18–21, a series of events will take place, including webinars, twitter chats, and a virtual job... Read more about "Participate in National Rural Health Day on November 21, 2019"
Post date: November 15, 2019
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) intends to publish a Request for Applications (RFA) to improve the management of opioids and opioid use disorder in older adults. AHRQ’s research has shown that hospitalizations and emergency department visits related to opioids are rapidly increasing among older adults. It is known that older adults may be uniquely at risk of adverse outcomes due to polypharmacy, comorbidities, other age-related conditions, and social stigma and... Read more about "Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Management of Opioids and Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults"
Post date: October 30, 2019
The following items highlight important news and publications about opioid use disorder (OUD) and medication-assisted treatment (MAT):
Post date: October 23, 2019
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), announced a $16 million initiative to help primary care practices increase efforts to address patients’ unhealthy alcohol use.
Post date: October 22, 2019