The Centers for Disease Control recently published results from its 2020 National Health Interview Survey on the subject of “Tobacco Product Use Among Adults – United States, 2019.”1 The CDC summarized the survey’s findings as follows: “In 2019, approximately 20.8% of U.S. adults (50.6 million) currently used any tobacco product. Cigarettes were the most commonly…
We have witnessed first-hand the devastation that the opioid epidemic has wrought on states in terms of lives lost and the costs it has imposed on our healthcare system and the broader economy.
Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to examine recent progress in the agency’s fight against the opioid epidemic. The bipartisan coalition of state and territory attorneys general is seeking a progress report regarding recent steps taken by the FDA to…
Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter urging Congress to extend the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economy (CARES) Act funding until the end of 2021. COVID-19 has negatively impacted nearly every facet of American society. In anticipation of unprecedented costs and economic disruption stemming from the pandemic, Congress passed…
With COVID-19 cases rising daily in much of the country and many states still under a health emergency declaration, we urge Congress to amend the CRF program to allow state and local governments to spend the funding at least until December 31, 2021.
This legislation ensures that families of officers and first responders lost while fighting the pandemic do not face unnecessary barriers to benefits they have already been promised.
Attorneys General Ask Apple and Google to Ensure All Contact Tracing Apps Serve a Public Health Purpose
Digital contact tracing may provide a valuable tool to understand the spread of COVID-19 and assist the public health response to the pandemic. However, such technology also poses a risk to consumers’ personally identifiable information, including sensitive health information, that could continue long after the present public health emergency ends.
Attorneys General Call for Federal Legislation to Return Prescription Drug Settlement Money to the States
We request your assistance in addressing this inequity and recommend federal legislation that would allow the Federal government to return a proportionate share of all Part D recoveries to the states.
Attorneys General Urge Congress to Repeal Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016
The Act, which was signed into law on April 19, 2016, is a step backward in our collective effort to prevent the diversion and misuse of prescription drugs and address our worsening epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths.
States and localities are on the front line of this crisis and are a large part of winning the battle from both a law enforcement and public health perspective.