The NGA Center for Best Practices welcomed state teams from Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, and Missouri to Phoenix, Arizona on January 25 and 26, 2024 to kick off the Policy Academy on Overdose Prevention Across the Continuum. Through this policy academy, NGA will support these four states over six months as they implement overdose prevention recommendations from the Roadmap NGA published in August 2023.
During the kick-off meeting, state teams presented their goals and projects, heard from the CDC about priorities and resources for supporting states in overdose prevention, and heard from subject matter experts. The meeting covered a range of topics including: policies that incorporate equity across the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) continuum of prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery; strategic financing challenges and opportunities in overdose prevention; building consensus and incorporating community voice; key considerations for evaluation in overdose prevention; and implementation of recovery friendly workplace initiatives. Attendees also engaged with facilitators and their fellow state team members in a dynamic and…