Published September 18, 2016
WASHINGTON — On Friday, the White House announced on Friday that President Obama has proclaimed September 18 through September 24, 2016, as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.
The drug epidemic impacts the country.
American Indian tries across Indian Country have declared war on drugs.
Earlier this year, the Longest Walk 5 -War on Drugs and Domestic Violence has walked across the United States collecting data how drugs and domestic violence go hand in hand ruining communities. President Obama
The 2016 Longest Walk 5 covered a southern route from the Pacific to the Atlantic collecting data and communicating with people who are dealing with drugs such as heroin and opioids and the domestic violence that often follows. According to Paul Komarek Community Event Director of The Longest Walk 5, and author of, ‘SHARP Stop Heroin and Rescue People’ and ‘Defying Mental Illness’, the data collected so far seems to show that Love and Community can help heal the wounds that drugs and domestic violence inflict.
The Longest Walk 5 plans on two more routes the central route and the northern route to gather more data. Meanwhile this week the White House is planning these events
Here are activities scheduled for this week:
Monday, September 19
National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a roundtable conversation in the White House with parents from across the country whose family members have been affected by the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.
Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates will visit a Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Community Treatment Services program in Washington, DC. The Community Treatment Program is the final stage of BOP’s Residential Drug Abuse Program, as the individuals completing their sentences transition through Residential Reentry Centers. This visit will highlight BOPs efforts to provide treatment to individuals with substance use disorders. Press inquiries should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at [email protected]
Acting Bureau of Prisons Director Thomas Kane will meet participants in a Residential Drug Abuse Program at the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, MD. Press inquiries should be directed to the DOJ Press office at [email protected]
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency and Rural Development offices in key affected states will be hosting forums to bring together government officials, medical professionals, law enforcement, and other stakeholders to raise awareness of the issue, forge partnerships, identify possible solutions and highlight the need for more treatment resources in rural communities. The first two will be held September 19 in Tolland, Connecticut, and September 20 in Brighton, Colorado. Press inquiries should be directed to [email protected]
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Attorney General Loretta Lynch will travel to Lexington, Kentucky, to hold a student town hall at a high school, meet with parents who have lost their children to overdose, and then close the day at the University of Kentucky for a policy speech on how the Administration is addressing the epidemic through prevention, enforcement and treatment. Press inquiries should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at [email protected]
Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Director Bruce Ohr will travel to New Mexico to hold meetings with the leaders of three communities in the Espanola Valley. During his visit, he will talk with tribal leaders to discuss federal assistance to address the epidemic in Indian Country and best practices for first responders to carry naloxone. Press inquiries should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at [email protected]
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, Principal Associate Attorney General Bill Baer, and National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli will participate in a roundtable discussion on the Administration’s efforts to assist our nation’s veterans suffering from opioid use disorder. Press inquiries should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at [email protected]
Thursday, September 22, 2016:
Director Botticelli will speak at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Annual Meeting in Minneapolis on the important role that public health leaders must play in addressing the epidemic. Press inquiries should be directed to [email protected]
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Director Ron Davis will hold an event on federal support for targeted enforcement strategies at the Indianapolis State Police Headquarters. Press inquiries should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at [email protected]
Additional information on recent Administration actions to address the opioid epidemic:
Aug 31, 2016: HHS Awards $53 Million to Help Address Opioid Epidemic
August 17, 2016: Obama Administration Funds New Projects to Disrupt Prescription Opioid, Fentanyl and Heroin Trafficking
August 05, 2016: White House Hosts Panel on Effective Treatment for Overdose Survivors for More Than 600 Medical Providers and First Responders
July 06, 2016: Obama Administration Takes More Actions to Address the Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic
June 29, 2016: White House Releases Estimated State Opioid Treatment Funding Levels under President’s Budget Proposal
April 08, 2016: White House Director of Drug Policy Joins National and Local Leaders in Announcing Medication-Assisted Treatment Trainings
March 28, 2016: Obama Administration Announces Additional Actions to Address the Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic
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