U.S. Communities

 

Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use

Discounted Solutions through Premier, Inc.

In conjunction with President Obama’s announcement of local, state and federal efforts to address the growing problem of opioid misuse and abuse, Premier, through their U.S. Communities contract, offers industry-leading discounts for naloxone and medications containing buprenorphine. These medications help prevent painful withdrawal symptoms when a person stops taking opioid drugs.

National sponsors of the U.S. Communities program have joined forces to help fight this epidemic and to expand public agencies’ access to potentially lifesaving opioid withdrawal medications available through Premier.

The generic drug Naloxone is available in two strengths: 0.4 mg/ml and 1 mg/ml. Through the Premier contract, both strengths are available and distributed by McKesson.

“Medication-assisted opioid treatment programs can mean the difference between life and death,” said National Association of Counties President Sallie Clark, commissioner, El Paso County, Colo. “Counties are uniquely situated at the intersection of the local health, human services, justice and public safety systems. We see firsthand the devastating effects of prescription drug abuse and heroin use. This is a non-partisan issue, and we are implementing smart strategies to address this growing problem in our communities.”

Additionally, as part of its Safe and Secure Counties Initiative, NACo is working with state associations of counties to develop policy recommendations and promote promising practices to address the opioid epidemic plaguing communities.

“Healthy communities are made stronger by thriving residents. Access to drugs like these, that help people end their dependencies on opioids, is critical in the fight against opiate abuse,” said Clarence Anthony, CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities. “Increasing access to this type of treatment is an important step in addressing a very serious issue that faces U.S. cities of all sizes.”

“Mayors across this nation are grappling with solutions to address the exponential rise in opioid overdoses occurring in our cities. We believe the expanded availability of this treatment is another tool for mayors and cities to use in their efforts to stem this epidemic,” stated U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran.

- See more at: www.naco.org/resources/local-leaders-join-forces-curb-prescription-drug-abuse-heroin-epidemic

onjunction with President Obama’s announcement of local, state and federal efforts to address the growing problem of opioid misuse and abuse - See more at: www.naco.org/resources/local-leaders-join-forces-curb-prescription-drug-abuse-heroin-epidemic

In conjunction with President Obama’s announcement of local, state and federal efforts to address the growing problem of opioid misuse and abuse - See more at: www.naco.org/resources/local-leaders-join-forces-curb-prescription-drug-abuse-heroin-epidemic

 

On October 21st, the White House issued a release on their efforts to combat drug abuse. The release mentions the partnership between U.S. Communities, our national sponsors and Premier in offering industry-leading discounts on medication to help fight this epidemic. Read the full release.