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Federal Proposals and Progress SAFE Takes

"SAFE Takes" analyzes and assesses the federal recommendations and proposals made by the White House and National Governors Association.

SAFE Project and NAMSDL work together to closely follow federal action on the addiction crisis.

“SAFE Takes” specifically examines progress made in each of the recommendations made by the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (November 2017) and the Governors’ Recommendations for Federal Action to End the Nation’s Opioid Crisis (January 2018).

NAMSDL and SAFE Project examined these federal recommendations through the lens of SAFE’s six lines of operation. Our team researched and analyzed the current progress in federal action, and provided our “take” on where each recommendation has or hasn’t shown progress. This unique analysis is through the lens of SAFE’s six areas of focus, and coordination of national priorities in state and local communities. “SAFE Takes” can be used by government, communities, non-profits, public and private sector to understand gaps, challenges, and opportunities to positively impact this crisis.

The launch of significant policy response to our nation’s addiction epidemic can be traced back to three key factors in 2017 and 2018:

  • In October 2017, the President of the United States directed the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a “public health emergency.”
  • In November 2017, the White House released “The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and The Opioid Crisis” (Commission).
  • In January 2018, the National Governors Association (NGA) released “Governors’ Recommendations for Federal Action to End the Nation’s Opioid Crisis.”


*as of August 2021; final review pending

Our “SAFE Takes” on the White House and NGA legislation are categorized by the following topics:

More than 841,000 Americans have died
from overdoses involving opioids since 1999.
In 2020, 93,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose.