Community-Based Prevention and Strategies for the Opioid Crisis
Solving the pressing national opioid crisis has become a priority. Critical to future progress will be leveraging the full resources of the community—in partnership with health professionals—to prevent misuse, addiction, and death. This article by Dr. Koh of the Harvard School of Public Health outlines the importance of addressing this crisis as well as the initiatives underway to address this crisis including those focused on evidence based prevention of addiction behavior, prevention of addictive behavior and community level interventions. Dr. Koh maintains that considerable efforts notwithstanding, the national burden of opioid-related suffering remains unacceptable. Accelerating action in research, evaluation, and practice of effective community-based prevention could bring a measure of relief for a nation in need.