Governor convenes opioid task force to fight drug abuse

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Governor Brian Sandoval convened his Opioid State Action Accountability Task Force in Carson City Monday.

The group heard updates from state and federal agencies regarding how they are working to fight the growing crisis in the Silver State.

“The state’s aggressive efforts to combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic have placed the lifesaving drug Naloxone in the hands of first responders, educated our communities, and helped many Nevadans who are suffering find the help they need,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “But we can and must do more. Nevada has been the beneficiary of millions of dollars in grant funding, providing critical resources to combat this disease in our communities and this task force will help ensure our funds are used in combination with our state recommendations and policy initiatives.”

During the meeting, the Accountability Task force was scheduled to hear presentations from the Attorney General’s office, Division of Public and Behavioral Health, the Division of Investigations, the University of Nevada, Reno, the State’s occupational licensing boards, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the Department of Justice. Topics included previous legislation regarding opioids, data collection and sharing, Naloxone distribution, substance abuse treatment, prescription drug take back, oversight of controlled substance prescribing, and law enforcement.

The meeting took place Monday, September 25 in the Old Assembly Chambers of the Capitol Building.