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Sandoval considers solutions to opioid crisis in Nevada

Updated September 20, 2017 - 10:01 am

CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval will convene the Governor’s Opioid State Action Accountability Taskforce on Monday to hear updates from state and federal agencies combating the opioid crisis in Nevada.

Sandoval first convened the group in June 2016 as the Prescription Drug Summit Planning Committee. He is reconvening and re-purposing the group to ensure accountability of the recommendations made during the summit.

“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,” he said in a statement. “But we can and must do more.”

The taskforce will 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 boards that license prescribers, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Department of Justice.

Contact Sean Whaley at swhaley@reviewjournal.com or 775-461-3820. Follow @seanw801 on Twitter.

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