Persistent Policy Barriers a Hindrance in Tackling the Opioid Crisis

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University of Southern Maine

Originally published as "Persistent Policy Barriers a Hindrance in Tackling the Opioid Crisis," Bangor Daily News, July 2, 2019.

Public health professionals struggle to bridge the divide between research and the implementation of evidence-based policy. With regard to the opioid epidemic, this divide is exceptionally clear. The opioid epidemic continues to prey on our most vulnerable populations, and yet there is persistent reluctance among the Legislature to accept much-needed policy changes.

At the heart of this public health crisis are policy barriers that hinder access to recovery supports and harm reduction services.