Situating the Continuum of Overdose Risk in the Social Determinants of Health: A New Conceptual Framework

This article presents a new conceptual framework for understanding the opioid crisis by describing factors that escalate risk for drug use, addiction, and overdose and proposes six policy strategies to address the epidemic’s root causes and deescalate risk. The framework promotes a comprehensive approach that recognizes the social determinants of health and shifts public policy from punishment to a public health approach. Continue reading

National Drug Control Strategy (2020)

The 2020 National Drug Control Strategy from the Executive Office of the President of the United States describes 9 goals targeting 3 focus areas: prevention; treatment and recovery; and reducing the availability of illicit drugs in America. Continue reading

Rural Community Toolbox Fact Sheet

This 2-page fact sheet details the Rural Community Toolbox produced by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. This fact sheet explains the resources included in the toolbox and explains the toolbox development process. Continue reading

National Drug Control Strategy (2019)

The 2019 National Drug Control Strategy report provides a high-level overview of the U.S. federal government’s efforts to address illegal drug distribution, drug use, and addiction. The report includes a summary of national strategic objections and assumptions and the national implementation plan. Continue reading