White House Launches Plan to Address Heroin Use

On Monday, August 17, the White House released its new plan to address the sharp rise in heroin use by focusing on treatment, rather than arrests. A total of $13.4 million is being made available to health centers in fifteen targeted states to use prescriptions like Naloxone and fortify prevention programs.

Heroin use has risen significantly in the unstably housed population, as it has in the general population. This new funding has the potential to support health centers in treating heroin overdose as a public health problem, rather than a criminal issue, as Health Care for the Homeless projects have been advocating for years.

Please review the National HCH Council’s Adapted Clinical Guidelines on Opioid Use Disorders and other resources for treatment recommendations for patients experiencing homelessness.