Opioid Crisis

“As our nation faces an opioid epidemic, HRSA’s programs and extensive networks  place us in a unique position to leverage  our expertise and resources to make a  significant impact in combating the opioid crisis.” – Dr. George S. Sigounas, AdministratorThe Nation is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. 116 people a day die from opioid-related drug overdoses. Prevention and access to treatment for opioid addiction and overdose reversal drugs are critical to fighting this epidemic. Primary care settings have increasingly become a gateway to better care for individuals with both behavioral health (including substance use) and primary care needs. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) supports its grantees with resources, technical assistance, and training to integrate behavioral health care services into practice settings and communities. 

How HRSA is Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Expanding access through health centers and other primary care settings

Using telehealth to treat opioid use disorder

Connecting stakeholders to opioid-related resources

Sharing best practices and regional approaches

Increasing opioid use disorder training in primary care

Informing policy and future investments

Addressing opioid-related poisonings and overdoses

 

Date Last Reviewed:  October 2018