Govenor Kay Ivey reinvents Alabama opioid overdose and addiction council

Council changes to help combat opioids in Alabama

Montgomery, AL - Governor Kay Ivey announced a newly signed Executive Order 708 on Tuesday, that creates the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council. This executive order changes the previous Alabama Council on Opioid Misuse and Addiction.

One of the big changes is in who will serve on the Council. The Alabama Attorney General will now serve as a third co-chair. A physician will also be appointed to the council by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, and leaders of other medical associations will be members. People in recovery from opioid addiction and family members of addicts or recovering addicts will be included as well.

According to the CDC, 736 people in Alabama died in 2015 from overdoses, and 38% of those deaths were caused by opioids such as heroin, fentanyl and prescription narcotics. 

The full executive order can be found here.

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