Public Health Emergency: What now?

  Advocacy Win Although we celebrated victory after the White House public health emergency declaration, festivities were short-lived. The rift among advocates began immediately on social media, driven by pathos and politics. Many focused on the President’s off-script remarks about prevention, which were strikingly similar to the failed 80’s “just say no” campaign. Others pointed…

APNC Statement on the White House Public Health Emergency Declaration

We are grateful that the White House recognizes that we are in the grip of a public health crisis of epidemic proportions. The President’s decision to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency yesterday may help bring crucial resources to communities, improve access to services, and facilitate more efficient coordination among government agencies. We…

Summary of the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act

(House Bill 243/Senate Bill 175) http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2017/Bills/House/PDF/H243v6.pdf “Targeted controlled substances” under the Act = Schedule II and Schedule III Opioids Targeted controlled substances are those listed in G.S. 90-90(1) & (2) and G.S. 90-91(d) Provisions for Prescribers • Limits first-time prescriptions of targeted controlled substances for acute pain to ?5 days – Exception: prescriptions following a…

Legislative Update: Substance Use Disorder 2017 Budget Proposals

Legislative Update: Substance Use Disorder 2017 Budget Proposals Comparing House, Senate and Governor’s Proposals The NC House, Senate and Governor’s budget proposals have now been completed. Thanks to your outreach to legislators and some furious work over the Memorial Day weekend, the House added a last minute amendment to add $5 million for community-based treatment!…

ACTION ALERT: HB615 ON HOUSE HEALTH CALENDER TOMORROW!

You did it! Thanks to your calls and emails based on last week’s action alert, the House Health Committee will hear HB 615 tomorrow, legislation supported by APNC and others which will amend the Substance Abuse Practices Act. This bill provides several small but important changes: Keeps substance abuse counseling credentials uniform across state lines Establishes…

Support the Amend Substance Abuse Professional Practices Act (HB615)

Legislation was recently introduced to make several positive changes to the Substance Abuse Professional Practices Act. The bill, House Bill 615, was sought by the NCSAPPB members and accomplishes the following things: Keeps substance abuse counseling credentials uniform across state lines. Standards were raised two years ago and North Carolina must change statute to keep…

JUST IN! Committee DELAYS Voting on Licensing Draft Legislation

The Administrative Procedures Oversight Committee voted this afternoon to DELAY further consideration of the proposal calling for merging NCSAPPB with the LPC Board. This means three things: Your calls and letters WORKED! The public outcry over this proposal, as shown by hundreds of calls, emails and letters to legislators, made the difference. The committee delay…