As the opioid crisis continues to grow in Alabama, Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday will sign an executive order creating the Alabama Council on Opioid Misuse and Addiction.
According to Bentley’s office, the Council will study the state’s current opioid crisis and identify a set of strategies to reduce opioid-related deaths in Alabama.
In Alabama, 723 people died in 2014 of drug overdoses, up from 598 in 2013. The use of opioid pain relievers such as OxyContin, Percocet, and Lortab has been especially prevalent in the Yellowhammer State.
Throughout 2016 Bentley has been hard a work signing several bill into law to fight drug abuse and in particular, opioid abuse. Most recently, in September, the Governor announced the state joined a National Governors Association learning lab to help combat the ongoing epidemic. Through the learning lab, Alabama will build on existing efforts by developing and implementing strategic action plans for reducing overdoses and deaths related to heroin and fentanyl.