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The opioid epidemic continues to have devastating con­sequences for children and families across the country, with growing social and financial implications for states. This report highlights effective strategies by Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Virginia to support families impacted by opioid use disorder (OUD). It includes strategies, ideas for maximizing resources and opportunities to support children and families impacted by OUD.
This policy brief offers recommendations for clinical interventions and training, as well as prevention efforts.
To provide a broad view of the widespread and costly impact of the opioid epidemic, United Hospital Fund (UHF) convened a meeting on October 3-4, 2018, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with the collaboration of the Milbank Memorial Fund. The title of the meeting, “The Ripple Effect: Children and Kinship Caregivers Affected by the Opioid Epidemic,” was intended to convey the far-reaching scope of the problem. The goal of the meeting was to produce a high-level policy and programmatic agenda to address the effect of the opioid crisis on women, children, and families. This paper lays out that agenda.